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TMC’s Anubrata Mondal gave only ₹7 lakh for ₹1 crore lottery ticket: Winner tells CBI

Trinamool Congress strongman Anubrata Mondal gave solely 7 lakh in opposition to his supply of 83 lakh for a lottery ticket with the primary prize of 1 crore in December final 12 months, the precise winner, Sheikh Noor Ali, advised the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Thursday in reference to the probe into the West Bengal cattle smuggling case.

The TMC’s Birbhum district unit president was arrested on August 11 for his involvement within the rip-off.

Noor Ali, who was discovered at Birbhum’s Baro Simulia village by the federal company after an in depth manhunt, averted the media on Thursday, however his father Kotai Sheikh advised reporters that Mondal’s males gave solely 7 lakh in money and took away the ticket.

“They threatened to kill us if we didn’t half with it. They gave solely 7 lakh in money to my son and promised to deposit the remaining quantity ( 76 lakh) into our checking account. The cash by no means got here,” Sheikh stated from his residence in Baro Simulia village.

“My son and I fled the village and went into hiding after the incident. We’re scared. They could goal us now. I don’t know the identification of those males,” he added, breaking down in tears.

The lottery is held by an organization primarily based in Nagaland. The CBI is investigating whether or not Mondal, who’s now in judicial custody, procured the prize-winning ticket to launder proceeds from the cattle smuggling operation.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) is operating a parallel probe into the lottery firm’s operations in West Bengal as relations of two extra TMC leaders have lately received the primary prize.

Talking on circumstances of anonymity, a CBI officer stated data confirmed that Mondal acquired the primary value in a draw held on December 7, 2021. He was declared the winner of 1 crore in opposition to ticket No 89H54045 priced at 6.

Nonetheless, when the lottery firm revealed a newspaper commercial in January this 12 months with Mondal’s {photograph} asserting him because the winner, he denied the data earlier than the native media.

“I’m not conscious of any such factor,” Mondal stated in January.

On November 4, a CBI staff went to the company’s camp workplace in Bolpur city of Birbhum and questioned lottery seller Sheikh Ainul, sub-dealer Rajib Dhibar, and retailer Sheikh Munna. A Bolpur-based lottery distributor, Bapi Ganguly, was additionally grilled twice on the CBI’s Kolkata workplace.

Additionally Learn: 50 lakh lottery win of Bengal cattle smuggling accused underneath CBI lens

Ganguly was questioned by the CBI as soon as once more in Bolpur on Thursday. Whereas speaking to reporters, he denied having any function within the ticket altering arms.

“I got here to know that Anubrata Mondal had bought a lottery ticket from somebody for 83 lakh. He known as me to verify whether or not the ticket was real. I didn’t ask the actual prize winner to promote it to him. I didn’t promote the ticket within the first place. It was offered by a retailer. I’ve no function in any of this,” Ganguly claimed.

Sheikh Munna, the retailer who offered the prize-winning ticket in line with the corporate’s data, advised the CBI that he didn’t promote it to Mondal.

“I promote tickets in native villages. I can’t bear in mind who purchased it however it was definitely not Anubrata Mondal,” Sheikh Munna advised reporters on November 4.

The Bharatiya Janata Get together (BJP) has alleged that TMC leaders are laundering cash by means of lottery operations within the state.

Chief of the opposition within the legislative meeting, Suvendu Adhikari, despatched a letter on this subject to Union residence minister Amit Shah in November final 12 months, round a month earlier than Mondal ‘received’ the prize.

State BJP president Sukanta Majumdar has additionally demanded a probe by federal businesses.

TMC has not commented on Thursday’s developments.

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