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ED raids alleged fake call centres in Kolkata, unearths massive financial scam

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Kolkata: In a major crackdown on Wednesday, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) initiated extensive search operations at various locations in Kolkata, targeting alleged fake call centres accused of defrauding clients, including international customers.

The ED sleuths, accompanied by CRPF armed escorts, conducted raids at two key locations: Baguiati in the North 24 Parganas and Beniapukur in the city.

The mastermind behind the purported fake call centres, identified as Kunal Gupta, has already been apprehended and is currently in the custody of the federal agency. Acting on new intelligence inputs, the ED intensified its operations, targeting a flat in Baguiati during the early hours of the day and interrogating Gupta’s family members.

One of the key individuals under investigation is Pradip Gupta, who is currently undergoing questioning by ED officials. Sources reveal that the alleged financial crime involves hundreds of crores of rupees. The ED claims to have seized approximately Rs 100 crore from Kunal Gupta in connection with the case.

The ongoing investigation sheds light on the extensive network of these fake call centres, suggesting a sophisticated operation involved in cheating clients domestically and internationally. The ED’s efforts aim to dismantle the entire operation and bring those involved to justice.

As the interrogation unfolds, the enforcement agency is expected to gather more evidence to further expose the depth of the financial scam orchestrated by the alleged fake call centres. The developments in this case are anticipated to have widespread implications, not only in Kolkata but also in the broader context of financial fraud prevention. The ED remains committed to unearthing the truth and ensuring that those responsible face legal consequences for their actions.

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