ED arrests Bengal cop in coal pilferage case

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has arrested West Bengal police officer Ashok Mishra in a case of coal pilferage, agency officials said on Sunday.

Mishra, the inspector in charge of Bankura police station for the past three years, was arrested on Saturday night.

Sources said the EC summoned the officer for questioning and then arrested him. He is allegedly close to the scam’s suspected kingpin Anup Majhi alias Lala, and is accused of being involved in financial transactions with coal smugglers. Majhi is scheduled to appear before the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Monday for questioning.

He has been interrogated twice till now.

Apart from Majhi, Trinamool Congress MP Abhishek Banerjee’s wife Rujira Banerjee and her sister Menaka Gambhir have been questioned. Menaka’s husband and father, railway officials, businessmen, and several police officers have also been quizzed.

The CBI filed a case on November 27, 2020, in connection with its inquiries into alleged illegal mining and theft of coal from the Kunustoria and Kajoria coal fields of Eastern Coalfield Limited (ECL). The FIR named several senior ECL officials, and unidentified officials of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), Railways and other government departments. They were charged under IPC sections 120B (criminal conspiracy) and 409 (criminal breach of trust by public servant) and under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

Last month, the ED arrested TMC leader Vinay Mishra’s…

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