The CBI today raided 45 places across four states in connection with a case of illegal mining and theft of coal from public sector coal firm Eastern Coalfield Limited (ECL), which operates in West Bengal and Jharkhand.
The search operations were based on an FIR filed on Friday, which named two general managers, two other officials, and the chief security officer of ECL, besides a private person, Anup Majhi
It is in West Bengal that Mr Majhi, the alleged kingpin of the illegal operation, is based, sources said. The home and offices of the suspect, who lives in Asansol, are also being searched along with those of his associates.
The other three states where the raids are on or may begin shortly are Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, and Bihar.
In West Bengal, besides Asansol and other spots, searches are on in Durgapur, Raniganj in Burdwan district, and Bishnupur in the South 24 Parganas district.
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