Kolkata: The properties of West Bengal chit fund scam accused, Saradha group promoter Sudipta Sen have been seized, the state police said on Tuesday. Arnab Ghosh, ADC, Detective Department, told reporters that the West Bengal Police had kept a track on Sen's movements since the case came to light.
"We have arrested Arvind Singh Chouhan, Sudipta Sen and Debjani Mukherjee from Sonmarg in Ganderbal district of Jammu and Kashmir. We have initiated cases since April 16. We have been on the lookout for these three people since then," Ghosh said.
"We interrogated Sudipta Sen's driver. He told us that Sen had gone to Ranchi in his car. We heard that he had left early morning on April 10 and went to Ranchi and left the car (Scorpio) there. We saw CCTV footage from the hotel and our team kept tracking them. There was a lag of two days. From Ranchi, they went to Delhi, then Hardwar, Haldwani and then Udhampur and finally to Sonmarg," Ghosh added.
The ADC revealed that Arvind was a senior level employee in Saradha and the head of the business in Jharkhand. "Arvind Kumar Chouhan is a senior person and Delhi-based. He had accompanied them. Debjani Mukherjee is one of the directors. We have seized properties of Sudipta Sen. We are looking for more properties and are still in the process of interrogating senior staff from Saradha," Ghosh added.
Thousands of journalists left jobless; depositor commits suicide
Crisis in the group was brewing since January, which forced it to recently wind up at least 10 media organisations - newspapers and television channels - that it had launched or acquired since 2010. Over 1,000 journalists and non-journalists have been rendered jobless.
Meanwhile, with Saradha Group's debacle, its depositors have been left in the lurch. While many have been protesting, some of them even attempted suicide. A 50-year-old woman, who had deposited money in chit fund company Saradha Group, on Sunday succumbed to her injuries after she set herself on fire, while a man tried to poison himself, even as political parties traded charges over the scandal. Urmila Pramanik, a resident of Baruipur in South-24 Parganas district, who had invested Rs 30,000 with the chit fund company, set herself on fire on Saturday evening at her home after coming to know that the company had gone bust.
She was taken to Baruipur sub-divisional hospital with serious burns and later shifted to Chittaranjan Hospital in Kolkata where she died on Sunday. Lakshman Ghorui of Diamond Harbour consumed poison, but his condition was stable, police said.