Woman kingpin, husband send to 2-day police custody

Last Updated: Tuesday, November 19, 2013 - 00:07

Lakhisarai: Jailed woman `kingpin` of an illegal money transaction racket with a Pakistan link and her husband were on Monday sent to two-day police remand by a district court here.

Granting the prayer of the police, Chief Judicial Magistrate Amar Jyoti Shrivastava also sent to police remand for the same period two others - Gopal Goel and Pawan Kumar - arrested earlier in connection with the case.

The racket was busted on the basis of an alert by NIA which is probing the serial blasts in Patna and Bodh Gaya.

The couple was arrested from Mangalore in Karnataka and was remanded to 14 days judicial custody on Saturday.

A team of Bihar Police had arrested Aysha Bano and her husband Zubair Hussain, who runs a bidi business, from Mangalore on November 12 and they were brought here on transit remand for investigating the illegal money trail.

They were remanded to 14 days judicial custody by the court on Saturday.

Aysha Bano, a mother of three, was referred to as `Pakistan boss` by those in the racket. Preliminary inquiry revealed that she was handled from Pakistan and used to instruct agents here to deposit money in designated bank accounts.

Four persons allegedly used to lure poor people to open the bank accounts by paying them Rs 2000 each. Money poured into these bank accounts from unknowns destinations, mostly abroad, thereafter.

Instructions used to be sent through SMS from Pakistan to withdraw cash from these accounts and deposit them in other accounts.

The four were arrested from near a HDFC ATM here on November 8 and sent to Lakhisarai jail.

Police said 25 ATM cards, 35 passbooks and cheques were seized from them.

PTI

First Published: Tuesday, November 19, 2013 - 00:07

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