Kolkata, Aug 11
A team of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) officials escorted by a huge contingent of central armed forces personnel on Thursday morning reached the Bolpur- residence Trinamool Congress strongman, Anubrata Mandal.
The central agency is investigating the cattle smuggling case in West Bengal.
After the Trinamool Congress's Birbhum district president ignored ten consecutive summons from the CBI, the central agency top brass decided not to wait anymore and instead reached his residence on Thursday morning. A team of CBI officials led by the agency's superintendent (anti- corruption branch), Rajeev Mishra, along with the team of central armed forces personnel had reached Bolpur late Wednesday night.
Around 9.50 a.m., the team of CBI and central armed personnel reached Mandal's residence. First the central armed forces cordoned the entire residential building from all points. Thereafter the CBI officials got divided into two teams. One team entered the residence from the main front gate, while the other entered through the other gate at the back side of the building.
"The decision to reach his doorsteps was taken on Wednesday evening only, after we became definite how desperate Mandal is to avoid the summons for which he even got a bed-rest advice by pressurising a doctor of the Bolpur Sub-divisional Hospital. We even talked to the doctor concerned and he also said that he was forced to give the bed-rest advice in plain paper both from his higher authorities as well as Mandal. So, before he could adopt any further method to duck interrogation, we decided to reach his house," a CBI official said.
Till the latest information available, the CBI sleuths were questing Mandal within his residence only and it is to be seen now whether the central agency sleuths will ultimately arrest him or remain satisfied by questioning him at his residence.
After entering the residence, the CBI first asked the private security personnel posted there to move out of the building and also directed the central armed forces personnel not to allow anyone to enter. The CBI officers have also seized all the mobile phones from everyone present at the building while the raid was conducted.
It is learnt that the CBI team is also carrying a court order with them that empowers them to conduct search operations at Mandal's residence.
7 hours agoGandhi Jayanti 2022: Performers who brought Gandhi and his ideals to life
7 hours agoSuriya on winning National Award: This one's for you, dear fans!
7 hours agoPS1 becomes first Tamil film to gross over 80 crore on day 1
7 hours agoHindi trailer of Chiranjeevi's 'GodFather' promises action feast for fans
7 hours agoShweta Tiwari, Manav Gohil visit Siddhivinayak temple for blessings
7 hours agoNext song from 'Prince' will be even more fun, says Thaman
8 hours agoPM Modi interacts with Delhi Metro tunnel workers via live Vi 5G network
8 hours agoJio to bring 5G to every Indian by Dec 2023: Mukesh Ambani
8 hours agoMercedes India CEO takes auto-rickshaw ride to evade Pune traffic
8 hours agoMahatma Gandhi comes to UN, an avatar provoking, prodding, inspiring ideas of true education
9 hours agoNot-So-Popular Front of India: 1,300 criminal cases, and counting
9 hours agoWhat the PFI was up to in Kerala and how it proliferated
11 hours agoWhy most Twitter users don't follow political 'elites' but celebrities