Advertisement
Monday, Oct 25, 2021
Outlook.com

Sooted Up And Up To No Good

D Company has a new target, the rich coal mines of Bengal

Sooted Up And Up To No Good
Prashant Panjiar
Sooted Up And Up To No Good
outlookindia.com
-0001-11-30T00:00:00+05:53
Officials at the residence of L.K. Advani recently received a two-page note from a little-known body called the West Bengal Small Consumers Association (WBSCA). It plaintively sought the home minister's intervention to save the state's coal consumers from the stranglehold of the mafia, which it alleged was now controlled by the dreaded Dawood Ibrahim.

The note may have come as a shock to the minister's office, but those associated with Bengal's coal trade have known and dealt with mafia extortion for decades now. And their patience is wearing thin. The state supplies an estimated 600 rakes, or 13.5 lakh tonnes, of coal worth Rs 300 crore a month.

According to the note signed by WBSCA secretary Dilip Pal, D Company is believed to have engaged select operators and traders to take care of the coal business. "For instance, Suresh Singh and Brijesh Singh, both with antecedents leading (sic) to Dawood and accused in many murder cases and also having CBI cases against them in Dhanbad and Uttar Pradesh, have set up a plush office in Kolkata (Essem Marketing (P) Limited,...
Advertisement

Outlook Newsletters

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

Read More from Outlook

'Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani': Shah Rukh Khan As The Symbol Of Indianness

'Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani': Shah Rukh Khan As The Symbol Of Indianness

SRK’s persona evokes the kind of Indianness that denies categorisation into singular, exclusive identities. And thrives on making others feel welcome.

Aryan Khan Case: Witness Alleges NCB Asked For Rs 18 Crore Bribe From Shah Rukh Khan

Aryan Khan Case: Witness Alleges NCB Asked For Rs 18 Crore Bribe From Shah Rukh Khan

Aryan Khan, who is currently lodged in Mumbai's Arthur Road Jail, was arrested on October 2 on a cruise in connection to the possession of illegal drugs.

T20 World Cup: Pakistan Break Jinx Vs India In Style

T20 World Cup: Pakistan Break Jinx Vs India In Style

Babar Azam (68) and Mohammad Rizwan (79) made light of a 152-run target to help Pakistan break a World Cup jinx against India.

Love, Longing And Shah Rukh: Growing Up With DDLJ In The Time Of Mandal And Kamandal

Love, Longing And Shah Rukh: Growing Up With DDLJ In The Time Of Mandal And Kamandal

Shah Rukh Khan called himself a peddler of love. That’s better than the pitches selling religion. Love is all we need now.

Advertisement