Adding to the woes of Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress, the Central Bureau Of Investigation (CBI) on Thursday arrested TMC chief Anubrata Mondal from his residence in reference to the cattle smuggling case. The CBI stated that Mondal has been arrested as he was not cooperating within the probe associated to the matter. His bodyguard Saigal Hossain has additionally been arrested by the central company.
Mondal, an in depth aide of Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, was arrested after an hour-long interrogation by the CBI workforce at his residence in Birbhum district. The CBI stated that it has discovered direct involvement of Mondal within the rip-off. Mondal had twice skipped his scheduled look earlier than the central probe company in the previous few days, citing ill-health.
“We have arrested him for non-cooperation in the investigation into the cattle smuggling scam. We have found Mondal’s direct involvement in the scam. We will question him today and take necessary action as per law,” a CBI official stated. The CBI would additionally query the physician of a Bolpur hospital who had prescribed Mondal mattress relaxation for 14 days.
Who Is Anubrata Mondal?
Anubrata Mondal is taken into account to be one of many shut aides of West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee and is presently the TMC’s Birbhum district president. He is likely one of the most influential leaders within the district and has additionally helped TMC to consolidate its place within the district. His maintain over the district is clear in the truth that TMC holds 10 out of 11 meeting seats in Birbhum.
Born in 1960 to a household of farmers in Birbhum district, the land which additionally homes Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore’s Visva Bharati University, Mondal, popularly often known as ‘Keshto’, the eldest of 5 siblings, began his profession as a fish dealer in Suri.
His management and organisational talents had been first seen by an area youth Congress chief of Birbhum within the early nineties, who took him to Mamata Banerjee, then a rising star of Bengal politics and the president of the state Youth Congress.
He was among the many handful of Congress leaders who walked out of the grand outdated social gathering beneath the management of Mamata Banerjee in 1998 to type the Trinamool Congress. Shortly after, he was appointed TMC’s Birbhum district president in 2000 and performed a key position in increasing the social gathering’s base within the erstwhile-Left citadel.
The 62-year-old chief is a staunch Mamata loyalist and was among the many TMC leaders who popularised the well-known ‘Khela Hobe’ battle cry of TMC coined through the 2021 West Bengal Assembly Elections. Interestingly, Anubrata has by no means contested any election regardless of his three-decade-long profession in politics. However, he is likely one of the key individuals concerned in brainstorming TMC’s growth technique.
Keshto Da can also be no stranger to controversies as he’s usually seen making polarizing feedback and even seen threatening the police and inciting TMC employees to hurl bombs at them. Mondal, reportedly, additionally has ties with sand mafias of the district and can also be concerned in unlawful actions like stone quarrying and cattle smuggling.
He was additionally summoned by the CBI within the Bengal post-poll violence case however was granted interim safety from arrest by the Calcutta High Court. His title had additionally cropped up through the investigation into the ugly Bogtui killings in March this yr when eight folks had been burnt alive following rivalry between two teams within the Birbhum district