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Two working as couriers in a hawala racket arrested

Last Updated: Wednesday, May 19, 2010 - 20:47

Lucknow: Two persons, working as couriers
for a hawala racket were arrested by the Anti-Terror Squad of
Uttar Pradesh police in Varanasi district, a senior officer
said here today.

Sirajuddin and Raees Ahmad were arrested last evening
from Rajnahiya Bazar in Varanasi by the ATS while they were on
their way to Azamgarh to deliver Rs 16 lakh in cash to some
persons, Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order)
Brij Lal told reporters here.

During interrogation the arrested persons revealed that
they worked for hawala operators based in Varanasi, he said.

"It had been revealed that some persons based in Delhi
and Mumbai were providing money to people through hawala
through their agents in Varanasi," he said.

The ADG said that the racket had its network in
Allahabad, Jaunpur, Azamgarh, Mau, Gorakhpur, Siddharth Nagar
and Maharajganj.

"So far several crores of rupees had been traded through
this racket. We are investigating the arrested persons to
extract further information and other agencies including
Enforcement Directorate have been informed about the catch,"
he said.

"We are trying to get information as to who were the
persons to whom the money was being provided and whether it
was meant for terrorists or any other anti-social activity,"
he added.


First Published: Wednesday, May 19, 2010 - 20:47

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