The Central Bureau of Investigation has raided 45 West Bengal, Jharkhand, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh in a case related to illegal mining and theft of coal from public sector firm Coal India Limited’s subsidiary Eastern Coalfield Limited. Sources said that during searches, the CBI recovered a huge amount of case, incriminating documents, property papers and electronic gadgets.
CBI FIR alleges that several ECL officers be involved in illegal mining in ECL’s coalfields in West Bengal’s Kajora and Kunustoria towns. The suspects include Mr Anup Manjhi, ECL General Managers Amit Kumar Dhar and Jayesh Chandra Rai Security In-Charge Kajora Area, Debashish Security In-Charge Kunustoria, Area Security Inspector Dhananjay Rai and Chief of Security Asansol Tanmay Das. Unidentified officials from the Central Industrial Security Force and the Railways are also under CBI’s scrutiny for being part of the illegal operation.
An ECL official, accused in the coal smuggling case, died due to heart attack during the searches. Mr Dhananjay Roy, the Area Security Inspector at Eastern Coalfield Ltd in West Bengal's Kunustoria area, complained of chest pain when the CBI was conducting raids at one of his premises in West Bengal's Asansol. As Roy was taken to a hospital, doctors declared him brought dead and the reason, doctors said, was cardiac arrest.
The Vigilance Department and ECL’s Task Force, beginning May, had found evidence of illegal mining at several places.