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Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar appears to be working to regain his anti-corruption crusader reputation, one that has taken a beating in recent years. 

In the last 45 days, since the end of July, the Economic Offence Wing (EOW) of the Bihar Police, which reports to the home department that Nitish helms, has been targeting state officials including its own — two SPs and two DSPs — over alleged ill-gotten cash and assets. 

“We have been given a list of 42 officials to investigate by the home department. We have conducted raids on six already. Others will follow,” EOW Additional Director General (ADG) Naiyar Husnain Khan told The Print. 

The list of 42 officials has its origin in what has become known as the sand mining scam, the result of a nexus between illegal miners, police and transport department officials. 

The scam was detected for the first time by then Patna DIG (central range) Shalin in 2017. 

Six months ago, the clamour on the sand scam increased, after Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejashwi Yadav raised the issue. Following this, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who heads the home department, asked the EOW to look into it. 

Sources in the EOW said all 42 officials were put under surveillance for the last three months, before raids were conducted.

On Tuesday, the EOW conducted a raid at properties…

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