CBI arrests ‘kingpin’ of transborder cattle smuggling ring in Delhi

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday arrested the suspected kingpin of a cattle smuggling racket in reference to an ongoing probe.

Muhammad Enamul Haque was arrested on Friday morning in Delhi. The arrest came just each day after a team of CBI officials administered search operations at five locations in Kolkata. Haque was the primary to be arrested within the case and lots of more were within the pipeline, said a politician .

The agency had conducted raids at 15 places in several cities, including Delhi, Kolkata, Siliguri, Murshidabad, Ghaziabad, Amritsar and Raipur on Thursday after filing a case against BSF Commandant Satish Kumar of the 36 BSF Battalion and traders Anarul SK, Mohammad Golam Mostafa, and Haque.

Sources within the agency said a robust nexus worked to hold out cattle smuggling. In January 2018, the CBI arrested BSF commandant Jibu Mathew at the Alappuzha railroad station and located Rs 47 lakh cash on him. the cash was found to be disproportionate to his income, and through interrogation, Haque’s name cropped up.

The businessman was arrested and later released on bail.

Based on the 2018 probe, CBI launched a preliminary inquiry to research a bigger conspiracy also because the role played by Kumar. The agency then registered an FIR on Monday during which Kumar and therefore the BSF at large were indicted.

According to sources, Haque’s net worth is a minimum of Rs 1,000 crore. He owns properties in Lalgola and Raghunathganj in Murshidabad district, Kolkata and Dubai.

He started with money exchange and gradually shifted to cattle smuggling. he’s suspected to possess been playing a serious role in transborder cattle smuggling operations for several years. This brought him under the scanner of several investigation agencies.

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The hawala network operated by cattle smugglers has links to Dubai and other countries in West Asia, consistent with sources. In an earlier probe, the Enforcement Directorate allegedly found that Haque was using four to 5 of his companies to run the hawala network.

Annually, thousands of cattle are smuggled from India to Bangladesh, which ensures a big supply of protein within the neighbouring country. The smuggling increases exponentially during the Eid-ul Azha due to an increase in demand.

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