JHARKHAND Chief Minister Hemant Soren was questioned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for over nine-and-half-hours in a case of alleged money laundering through illegal mining. Before leaving for the ED office, Soren said that the probe is a part of a larger conspiracy by the BJP to destabilise his Government.
Security at the ED’s regional office in Ranchi has been beefed up. Barricades have been set up on all roads leading to the interrogation venue.
The Central Reserve Police Force and other central security forces have been deployed outside the office. Thousands of Jharkhand Mukti Morcha workers from different parts of the state have arrived in Ranchi to express their solidarity with the CM, raising slogans against the ED’s action. The district administration has made arrangements to prevent the protesters from reaching the office. Prohibitory orders under Section 144 have been clamped from Hinoo Chowk to the airport area.
Soren reached the agency’s regional office on Ranchi’s Airport Road on Thursday morning, following the summon. While addressing a press conference ahead of appearing before the ED, Soren claimed that the allegations levelled at him of illegal mining were baseless.