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ED Traces Dubai Assets of Ration Distribution Scam Accused

The Enforcement Directorate (ED), which is investigating a multi-crore ration distribution case in West Bengal, has discovered overseas assets in Dubai owned by Bakibur Rahman, the businessman recently arrested by the agency in connection with the case. ED officials have tracked two luxurious residential accommodations registered in Rahman’s name in Dubai, with a combined value of approximately Rs 14 crore.

Preliminary investigations reveal that most of the funds for the purchase of these properties were transferred by Rahman from India, with a portion financed through overseas bank loans. It remains to be seen whether the purchase of these properties was intended for expanding assets or as part of a plan to escape to Dubai.

Additionally, associates of Rahman, some of whom are linked to the state’s ration distribution system, are under investigation, with plans to summon and question them in the coming days. The seizure of multiple state government seals from Rahman’s office has raised questions about the involvement of senior state food and supplies department officials in the case.