New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Tuesday raided multiple locations in poll-bound Punjab as part of a money laundering probe against companies involved in illegal sand mining in the border state, officials said.
They said at least 10-12 locations in the state are being covered by the officials of the federal agency and the action is being undertaken under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).
According to a report, Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi's nephew was among the ones that were raided today by the Enforcement Directorate in connection with illegal sand mining, just weeks before state elections.
Punjab CM Charanjit S Channi said, that the opposition is trying to on him in view of upcoming Assembly polls. "Raid is being conducted (on the premises of his relative). They're targetting me & trying to put pressure on me in view of upcoming Assembly polls. This is not good for democracy. We're ready to fight this. The same thing happened during WB elections", he said.
Bhupinder Singh Honey's home and 10 other places in Punjab were searched early this morning.
The state is poll-bound with voting slated to take place for its 117 assembly seats on February 20.