Odisha CB begins freezing bank accounts of gangster Tito

Bhubaneswar:  The Special Task Force (STF) of Odisha Crime Branch today initiated the process of freezing more than 50 bank accounts of dreaded gangster Sheik Usman Ali alias Tito, his wife Benazir and 16 other relatives in as many as 34 banks in the State, police said.

The STF has issued a letter to Tehsildars of Kendrapara, Dharmasala, Balichandrapaur, Mahakalapada, Pattamundia, Garadpur and Marsaghai to submit documents related to tendering process of Balighatsand moorum and the involvement of Tito and his associates, said STF (CB) SP Satyajeet Nayak.

Inspector General of Registration, Cuttack and Director Odisha e-Governance Services Ltd are asked to give information and documents relating to purchase of land and property by Tito and his associates.

Devidutt Dash, the DGM of EPI Ltd was asked to give detail information about the Rs 110 crore project for construction of a 700-bedded hospital in the district.

The STF also asked Bandana Roy, who palyed a key role in a land deal worth Rs 1.10 crore in Kolkata by the gangster, to furnish the detail documents.

Earlier in the day, the STF, during its investigation, got to know that the dreaded criminal had links with Odia film industry and had invested in an Odia film. The mahurat of the film was held in the recent past.

On July 9, the STF took the gangster on remand for another four days in order to question him about his crime and business network after his first phase of five-day remand ended on June 4.

Police sources said STF will also provide its investigation reports to Enforcement Directorate (ED) and the Income Tax department for taking action against Tito under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act and under Benami Property Transactions Act respectively.

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