Cattle scam: CBI quizzes lottery winner ‘forced’ to sell ticket at throwaway price

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KOLKATA: The CBI sleuths, probing the lottery-angle within the multi-crore cattle smuggling rip-off in West Bengal, on Thursday questioned a lottery-award winner who stated that he was “forced” to promote his high-amount ticket at a throwaway worth .

A person, Nur Ali, who’s a resident of Boro-Shimuliya village below Bolpur Police station in Birbhum district got here to a short lived camp of CBI and knowledgeable the sleuths that in January this yr, he received a prize of Rs 1 crore towards a lottery ticket bought by him.

Nevertheless, quickly after the information of his profitable the prize turned viral, some unknown individuals got here to his residence and took away the award-winning lottery ticket paying an quantity of Rs 7,00,000, Nur Ali informed the sleuths.

Whereas Nur Ali was being questioned within the CBI camp, his father Kotai Sheikh informed mediapersons outdoors the camp that originally, he and his son didn’t need to hand over the ticket. “But one evening, a local Trinamool Congress leader named Voja and some of his associates came to my house and threatened us of dire consequences unless we hand over the ticket. We stayed away from our residence for seven days to escape the threats. But after We returned after seven days, threats continued and finally, we were forced to hand over the tickets at a throwaway price,” Kotai Sheikh stated.

By the way, Trinamool Congress chief and the get together’s Birbhum district chief Anubrata Mondal, who’s at the moment in judicial custody for his alleged involvement in cattle- smuggling rip-off, additionally reportedly received a lottery award of Rs 1 crore throughout the time when Nur Ali received it. Now, the CBI sleuths are cross-checking whether or not it was the identical ticket which was bought by Nur Ali.

Already, the CBI sleuths have tracked a complete of 5 lottery tickets whose prize went in favor of both Anubrata Mondal or his daughter Sukanya Mondal inside a interval of little over three years.

The Central company sleuths have additionally traced the sixth lottery, whose prize quantity had gone to the credit score of Enamul Haque, one of many essential accused within the rip-off.

The central company officers at the moment are nearly certain that so many lottery awards inside a selected interval can’t be a matter of simply coincidence and that these lottery awards have some hyperlinks with the diversion of cattle smuggling proceeds.

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