Bhubaneswar: At least 177 people were arrested in different parts of Odisha during the past week for their involvement in illegal money circulation and chit fund activities, a police official said on Friday. The crackdown on the firms began May 10, 2013 and about 200 offices of 84 companies were raided, Rajesh Kumar, deputy inspector general (economic offence wing) of the crime branch police, told IANS.
The arrested include two people linked to Kolkata-based tainted Saradha Group, he said. Also arrested was a branch manager of Saradha Group's office at the district headquarters town of Balasore, about 200 km from state capital Bhubaneswar.
"He had been working with the group since 2009," Kumar said. Police also arrested a man who was instrumental in the establishment of Saradha Group's business in the state, Kumar said. Both were arrested on Thursday.
During the raids, police recovered incriminating documents pertaining to various chit fund activities in the state involving illegal circulation of money....more
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