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IT glare on iron-ore traders

The income tax (IT) department on Wednesday raided the offices and residences of several Jamshedpur-based iron-ore traders like Neeraj Singh, Jawahar Vig, Harish Vig and Om Prakash Jaggi.

Over 60 officers, divided into 28 teams and led by Jamshedpur income tax assistant director (investigation) Ajay Kumar, fanned out in various parts of the city to conduct the raids. The operation was carried out under the supervision of Jharkhand income tax additional director (investigation) Sandeep Raj.

Sources said a team whisked away Neeraj Singh for interrogation as soon as he landed at Sonari airport from Calcutta around 10am. Simultaneous raids were also carried out in the offices of Bihar Sponge Iron Limited at Chandil and in the mining hub of Naomundi in West Singhbhum.

The raids were carried out at the residences of Singh and Jawahar Vig in Circuit House Area (East) and Refugee Colony (Golmuri) and at their offices located at Akashdeep Plaza (Golmuri), O Road in Bistupur, Dimna Road (Mango) and Jawaharnagar (Mango).

A team was also searching Sakchi’s Hotel Dayal International, which is owned by Singh, till the filing of this report around 6pm.

“Raids were carried out at several places of Naomundi, Chandil and Jamshedpur. We have seized several incriminating documents. Additional director Sandeep Raj is camping in Jamshedpur to supervise the operations,” a highly placed officer told The Telegraph.


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