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Bengal chit fund promoter arrested in Sonmarg

HT Correspondents, Hindustan Times  Srinagar/Kolkata, April 23, 2013
First Published: 17:41 IST(23/4/2013) | Last Updated: 14:10 IST(25/4/2013)

Twelve days after he ran out on lakhs of depositors, West Bengal’s ponzi king, Saradha Group chit fund promoter Sudipto Sen was arrested from Kashmir.

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Two of his employees — Saradha Group director Debjani Mukhopadhyay and Arvind Kumar Chauhan, a manager who ran the business in Jharkhand — were caught along with him.

The three had checked into a hotel in Sonmarg on Monday.

“They had come in a Scorpio bearing West Bengal number plates and their description matched the one sent by the Bengal police. On Tuesday morning, we detained them,” said A G Mir, inspector general, Kashmir. Later, the three were identified and arrested by the Bengal police.

It was unclear why Sen had decided to go to Kashmir -- a state teeming with security forces – when he had been dodging the police for 12 days.

On the move since April 10, they stopped at Ranchi, Delhi, Haridwar, Haldwani, Udhampur and Sonamarg, but never spent more than a night anywhere.

The police were a day or two behind. The cops had got onto Sen’s trail after questioning the group’s arrested director Manoj Kumar Nagel.

The tension had apparently been too much for Mukhopadhyay, who had contacted her lawyers in Kolkata.

Advocate Abhisekh Mukherjee claimed Sen had spirited away his client.

“On April 10, Debjani was summoned for a business meeting and Sen did not allow her to leave. She was preparing to surrender when she got arrested,” Mukherjee said.


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