In Jharkhand 's illegal mining case, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) arrested Prem Prakash, a close aide of Chief Minister Hemant Soren, on Thursday, August 25. ED arrested Prem Prakash from Ranchi last night. Yesterday in Ranchi, two AK-47 rifles and 60 live cartridges were recovered in raids on the premises associated with Prem Prakash. ED is probing money laundering in connection with alleged illegal mining in Jharkhand.
Yesterday, the Enforcement Directorate team had simultaneously raided about 17-20 premises in Jharkhand, Bihar, Tamil Nadu and NCR. Sources said that the raids were conducted after fresh information came to light after questioning of Pankaj Mishra, a political aide of Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren, and Bahubali Bacchu Yadav, a close aide of Mishra. Both Mishra and Yadav were arrested by the ED in this case sometime back.
During this, two AK-47 rifles and 60 rounds were also recovered from Prem Prakash's residence in Harmu, Ranchi. After which it was informed by Ranchi Police that these recovered weapons are from the government. Two personnel had shifted it to the house of a support staff of Prem Prakash instead of the police line due to rain. When he reached there the next day, ED raids were going on. In this case, 2 jawans have been suspended by Ranchi Police.
BJP MP Nishikant Dubey said in a tweet that Prakash is "an aide of Jharkhand Chief Minister and his family friend Amit Agarwal" and their (Prakash) relationship will be probed by the National Investigation Agency (NIA). should be done. Saryu Roy, a former BJP leader and currently an Independent MLA from the state, wrote on his Twitter handle that there should be an inquiry into how Prem Prakash got the AK-47 rifles and there is a possibility that it may have some terrorist link.