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Cattle smuggling case: ED arrests kingpin with alleged ties to Bengal politicians

Sources said the ED has arrested smuggler Enamul Haque in connection with the West Bengal cattle smuggling case.

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Cattle smuggling case: ED arrests kingpin with alleged ties to Bengal politicians
The ED has arrested cattle smuggling kingpin Enamul Haque. (File photo)

By Munish Chandra Pandey: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has arrested smuggler Enamul Haque in connection with the West Bengal cattle smuggling case, sources said. Enamul was earlier arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in November 2020 and last month, he was granted bail by the Supreme Court.

Sources said the ED arrested Haque based on the evidence against him in the case. He will be produced before a Delhi court on Saturday for custody in this case.

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Enamul Haque is the alleged kingpin of cattle smuggling across the India-Bangladesh border. According to officials, he used to bribe the Border Security Force (BSF) personnel, politicians and local villagers to continue his business smoothly.

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Haque is also named an accused in the CBI’s FIR along with Satish Kumar, the then Commandant of the 36 BSF Battalion, and two other associates -- Anarul Sheikh and Mohammed Golam Mustafa -- in this case.

Several high profile politicians are also under the ED’s scanner. Trinamool Congress’s youth leader Vinay Mishra is also a suspect in the case.

An alleged close aide of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s nephew Abhishek Banerjee, Vinay Mishra has been summoned multiple times by the ED and is suspected to have fled the country.

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