Pune: 5 arrested for assaulting Enforcement Directorate officer

An Enforcement Directorate officer who was investigating the bank loan fraud case against Surat-based fleet operator Siddhi Vinayak Logistics Ltd was assaulted by five persons.

Pune police has arrested five persons in case of assaulting an Enforcement Directorate (ED) officer while investigating the bank loan fraud case against Surat-based fleet operator Siddhi Vinayak Logistics Ltd (SVLL).

Out of these five accused, four of them have been remanded to police custody till May 13. These arrests were made under section 143, 147, 149, 342, 353, 332, 504 and 506 of the Indian Penal Code. But later, all accused were released on bail.

A senior police officer of Talegaon Dabhade police station confirmed, "The accused were not the employees of SVLL. They were localities and tenants in SVLL's premise, who were having liquor at that time. They got angry with this officer when he questioned them regarding a address, repeatedly."

WHAT HAPPENED

The incident took place on April 11 in Pune, when one ED officer from Mumbai zonal office visited SVLL's premises at Somatne Phata in Talegaon for verifying certain properties related to SVLL, which is an accused in Rs 846.29 crore bank loan fraud case.

In his complaint to Pune police, the officer alleged that at least 6-7 persons assaulted him using wooden sticks. The same day, Talegaon Dabhade police lodged a criminal case against seven people under sections 342 and 353 of IPC.

Senior ED official in Mumbai confirmed the incident, "Our officer was assaulted by SVLL's employees at a time when the investigation is at crucial juncture. Fortunately, he was not injured seriously, but he has a major pain near his eardrums," the official said.

On April 20, the agency summoned SVLL's promoter and director Rup Chand Baid and arrested him under PMLA. Baid has been remanded to ED custody till April 27th, by special PMLA court.