Cattle smuggling case: ED gains custody of TMC ‘strong man’ Anubrata Mondal bodyguard

Kolkata: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Friday arrested and detained Sehgal Hossain, the bodyguard of the strongman of the Trinamool Congress and the party chairman of Birbhum district, Anubrata Mondal, in connection with the multi-crore cattle smuggling scam in West Bengal .

ED investigators have taken over Hossain’s custody from authorities at the Special Correctional Home in Asansol, where he was already in custody after his arrest by the CBI. He would remain in that custody until November 5.

Three senior ED officials arrived here from Delhi on Friday, along with a court order allowing the agency to detain Hossain. Sources said ED has plans to take him to Delhi for further questioning.

Officials said the amount of Hossian’s property and assets assessed by the ED is disproportionate to his income as a police officer in West Bengal.

“The question is whether he actually bought them or if someone with more influence bought them in Hossain’s name. Therefore, it has become necessary to take him into custody and question him,” said an ED official. He went on to say that during interrogations, Hossain had made constant efforts to mislead the officials, which the senior ED officials in Delhi were also aware of.

After getting the green signal for this count from headquarters, the ED officials approached the court in Asansol pledging to request Hossain’s custody. After the court approved their plea, ED officials arrested him. Meanwhile, also on Friday, the CBI also filed a new charge at a special holiday court in Asansol in the coal smuggling case.

In this tax bill, the name of Anubrata Mondal appears for the first time as the beneficiary of the cattle smuggling scam. In the chargesheet, CBI also underlined details of the massive assets and property of Mondal and his family members.

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