#Kolkata: Pranab Bhattacharya reached his workplace in Diamond City South at 11:30 a.m. on July 22 as usual. A dozen officers from the Enforcement Department searched Arpita Mukhopadhyay’s home on the same day. It was the first expedition Pranab is the driver of Arpita He only received his salary on the day of the incident, i.e. the 22nd
Pranab has been working as Arpita’s driver for about seven months. Pranab said: “I got a call from Sir (Partha Chatterjee’s) office. The person on the other end of the phone says sir will talk to me. Then Partha Chatterjee sir asked me to join Diamond City South the next day. For me, it was a great opportunity. I joined the service. Partha also said that Arpita often visits Partha Chatterjee after work. And used to go to three salons He said he used to leave the car at Partha Chattopadhyay and come back
Pranab Bhattacharya describes Arpita as an introvert. He didn’t talk much. According to Pranab, a Mercedes Benz and another Honda City were parked at Arpita’s residence, but she never gave him the keys to those cars. Pranab was also surprised to see so much money But he himself did not receive a salary
ED’s first operation took place on July 22. ED officials also seized Rs 56 lakh in foreign currency and Rs 76 lakh in gold jewelery from Arpita’s apartment at Diamond City Residence in Talliganj, in addition to Rs 21.9 crore in cash. Parth and Arpita were arrested on the 23rd. Five days after the incident, ED raided two apartments in Arpita’s name in the Belgharia skyscraper ‘Club Town Heights’. Although nothing special was recovered from the 2nd apartment in residential block 2, ED officers entered the 8th apartment in the 5th block.
Like the Tollygunge apartment, the ED also recouped “mountains of money” from this apartment. A total of Rs 27.90 crore in cash and Rs. 4 crore 31 lakh in gold were recovered from the bedroom and toilet of Belgharia 8 apartment. Among the gold recovered were cigarette butts, rakmari har, six kankans (bracelet), from the ghari-kalam. ED recovered Rs 50.36 crore in cash and Rs. 5 crore 7 lakh in gold jewelery from Arpita’s Taliganj and Belgharia apartments. In other words, a total of 55 crore 43 lakh rupees of property was recovered.
Key words: Arpita Mukherjee