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ED launches raids into hideouts of an arrested businessman


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Kolkata: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Friday began searching at least 12 locations, four of them in Kolkata and eight places in neighbouring Jharkhand, simultaneously in relation to alleged money laundering by a city based businessman, who allegedly sold Indian Army lands using forged documents.

Sources said the ED sleuths early on Friday fanned out at four locations, including Salt Lake’s Sector V, Nonapukur and Gariahat Road in central and south Kolkata’s residence and offices of the businessman, who has access to the powerful people in Ranchi.

They said the ED sleuths have been looking for more evidence of forged documents, which were used by the businessman and some of his close associates in grabbing Defence land sold with premium prices.

The businessman in question, identified as Amar Agarwal, was arrested by the ED last month.The businessman was arrested on charges of alleged conspiracy against an advocate” Rajeev Kumar, who filed two PILs against the Jharkhand Chief Minister.

Sources said the ED swung into action after being informed by the Indian Army, who also reported the matter to Jharkhand police in Ranchi regarding their land grabbing.

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