‘BJP playing dirty games’: Mamata Banerjee on ED raid at Bengal minister’s space | Kolkata newsfragment

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Thursday performed searches on the premises of atmosphere minister Jyoti Priya Mallick in Salt Pool and Kolkata in reference to the alleged multi-crore ration distribution case in West Bengal.

West Bengal cheif minister Mamata Banerjee (Document Photograph)

Mallick holds the portfolios of family enterprises and business reconstruction and woodland within the eminent minister Mamata Banerjee-led cupboard.

“Searches were conducted in eight locations simultaneously in Kolkata, Salt Lake and Howrah,” mentioned a senior ED legitimate.

Following the raids, the Trinamool Congress (TMC) Supremo lashed out on the Bharatiya Janata Celebration (BJP)-led Centre, pronouncing that although federal businesses have been raiding the homes of opposition leaders around the nation, now not a unmarried BJP chief’s space was once being searched.

“Before the election, you (BJP) want to raid everybody’s house? If this goes on, even I have lots of evidence. You may plan and come up with fake evidence, but we have original evidence, even pen drives. I don’t release them,” Banerjee mentioned life talking to the media.

On October 14, the ED arrested businessman Bakibur Rahaman from his house at Kaikhali at the japanese outskirts of Kolkata. In keeping with ED officers, Rahaman is said to have near hyperlinks with Mallick.

In keeping with the company, Rahman old to siphon off rice and wheat supposed to be equipped to ration vendors, which was once later offered within the not hidden marketplace. A minimum of 3 first data experiences (FIR) have been lodged towards him in Nadia in 2020, 2021 and 2022. The ED lodged an Enforcement Case Knowledge Record (ECIR) in April this life and started its probe.

The raids started round 6am on Thursday and persisted until the night, all through which Mallick’s two homes in Salt Pool and his ancestral space in north Kolkata have been raided. Officers additionally searched the home of Mallick’s non-public colleague Amit Dey, and Mallick’s chartered accountant.

Slamming the raids, Banerjee mentioned that they might document an FIR towards the ED and the BJP if one thing have been to occur to Mallick.

“Mallick is not keeping well. He has high sugar levels. If he dies, we would lodge an FIR against the BJP and the ED. Earlier TMC MP Sultan Ahmed had suffered a cardiac arrest and died after being summoned by the CBI. Wife of TMC MP Prasun Banerjee also died,” Banerjee mentioned.

Calling the BJP a ‘pathological liar’, the TMC supremo mentioned that the BJP was once enjoying a filthy sport.

“If they show courtesy, we would do the same. If they think that they would send everyone to jail before the Lok Sabha elections, just like the British did to suppress the freedom movement, we are ready,” she mentioned life including that the dates of the Lok Sabha polls could also be introduced within the after 4 to 5 months.

The BJP strike again, pronouncing that the eminent minister has incorrect proper to importance such phrases towards the Centre and alleged that she was once seeking to save ‘thieves’.

“When a chief minister is a liar, she has no right to call the Centre a pathological liar. She doesn’t want an opposition who criticises her. She has allowed her nephew to run the government and herself tries to shield the thieves of her party,” mentioned BJP legislator and chief of the opposition Suvendu Adhikari.

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