The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) searched a rice mill in Birbhum district on Friday as part of its investigation into the suspected livestock smuggling fraud, adding to the problems facing detained Trinamool Congress leader Anubrata Mondal.
During the operation, the CBI agents allegedly discovered several expensive automobiles parked within the mill’s grounds. The primary investigation agency is now attempting to identify who owns those automobiles.
When asked by reporters why the CBI raided the rice mill, a central investigation agency official said that they were looking into how the Birbhum district president of the Trinamool Congress obtained the funds to buy it.
“In 2017, Mondal made a purchase of the rice mill. Several additional offices owned by him, his daughter, and his late wife had the rice mill listed as their address. We are looking for more information that may be related to the livestock fraud “The official is cited by PTI as adding.
The security guards made the CBI sleuths wait outside the rice mill for more than 30 minutes, and they would probably perform raids at several locations in the area as part of their ongoing investigation.
After seizing fixed deposits worth Rs 16.97 crore held by Mondal, his daughter, and some of his close relatives in connection with the case, the CBI conducted searches today.
The federal authorities are also looking into two businesses where Sukanya Mondal is one of the two directors. As you may remember, the CBI detained TMC strongman Mondal on August 11 concerning the massive cattle smuggling case.
Mamata Banerjee, the chief minister of West Bengal, has already suffered a blow with the arrest of top TMC officials and minister Partha Chatterjee in the WBSSC scandal.
Mondal’s detention by the CBI has been a significant setback for her. Mondal has allegedly refused to assist the CBI agents in their inquiry, perhaps feeling encouraged by CM Mamata’s backing for him.