The Income Tax Department (IT) raided one of the country’s largest meat exporters in Uttar Pradesh on Saturday. The home, office and meat factory of HMA Group’s meat merchant Zulfikar Ahmed Bhutto is under raid.
Bhutto is a former MLA of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP).
According to sources in the IT department, the raids relate to a case of tax evasion amounting to many millions of rupees. The HMA Group’s meat business empire has a presence in several countries.
The IT department team reached the HMA Group AOV abattoir at the Dahi Police Station in Unnao on Saturday at 9:00 AM. About twenty people from four vehicles searched the slaughterhouse.
Authorities confiscated cell phones from all workers at the slaughterhouse. Heavy police forces were deployed outside the factory site.
In Uttar Pradesh, raids are being conducted in Agra, Muzzafarnagar, Kanpur, Ghaziabad. Simultaneous searches also take place in other locations – Delhi, Chandigarh (Punjab), Jaipur (Rajasthan), Aurangabad (Maharashtra) and Nuh (Haryana).
One of Bhutto’s houses in Agra is in Malko Gali, which is also home to his brother Haji Parvez’s house.
The chairman of the meat company also has a residence in Vibhav Nagar. Its offices are located in Fatehabad Road, Tajganj and Sanjay Place. The team makes raids on the relevant places.
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