Bhojpur Hooch tragedy: ED seizes assets of Bihar alcohol mafia in money laundering case

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The Enforcement Directorate seized the assets of the Bihar alcohol mafia in connection with a money laundering case linked to the Bhojpur Hooch tragedy which left 21 people dead in Bihar in 2012.

The seized property belongs to alcohol mafia Sanjay Pratap Singh, his wife Kiran Devi and his partner in an illegal alcohol trade case. (Image for representation)

The Enforcement Directorate took possession of 15 real estate properties worth Rs 1.31 crore in connection with the Bhojpur Hooch tragedy that claimed the lives of 21 people in Bhojpur district, Bihar , in December 2012.

The seized property belongs to alcohol mafia Sanjay Pratap Singh, his wife Kiran Devi and his partner Srikumar Singh in an illegal alcohol trade case. The real estate is in the form of a building under construction, a brickyard and 13 plots.

The financial investigation agency had opened a money laundering investigation based on the FIR and the indictment filed by Nawada police (Bihar police) against Sanjay Pratap Singh and others. The FIR was registered following the Hooch tragedy, in which 21 people died in Bhojpur after consuming counterfeit alcohol.

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The police investigation revealed that those who died had consumed counterfeit alcohol which had been illegally manufactured and sold by Sanjay Pratap Singh and his associates.

On July 24, 2018, the Bhojpur court found Sanjay Pratap Singh and 13 other people guilty of the crime and sentenced to life imprisonment.

According to ED officials, Sanjay Pratap Singh invested the proceeds of crime, generated from the illegal trade in Desi wine, to acquire real estate in his name and in the name of his wife, Kiran Devi, who had no independent source of income. In 2011, with the intention of legalizing his tainted income from desi wine, Sanjay Pratap Singh formed an unregistered company, Bhojpur Wine Traders, to launder the proceeds of crime.

“He was the key person in the company, which only handled the business affairs. Further investigation reveals that he used the proceeds of crime in the construction sector, namely Maa Construction, where ill-gotten money was used for the acquisition of real estate, ”officials said. the ED.

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