Hawala has a role here too
The Enforcement Directorate, which is also probing the Saradha scam says that they are in particular looking into a transaction of Rs 68.5 crore through a hawala channel and unlike the other transactions this amount has changed hands several times and not landed in a bank.
The National Investigating Agency and the Enforcement Directorate is relying very heavily on the interrogation details of an operative by the name Mehmood Sheesh who is alleged to have worked closely with another operative by the name Kausar in managing the financial transactions. Mehmood who originally hails from Bangladesh was part of the JMB module, which was planning the coup against the Sheikh Hasina led Awami League.
Mehmood, however claimed ignorance when asked as to who exactly was behind primarily sourcing the money. The NIA and ED are, however, digging deep to find out if the money was raised through a scam or donations by various businessmen from Kolkata alone. However, both the agencies say that while the bank heist of Karimnagar is under probe, a large chunk of this money came from Kolkata alone.
Meanwhile India is looking into the details of the financial trail of TMC MP, Ahmed Imran. After India had sent a request to Bangladesh the latter has forwarded the details of his financial transactions. Imran who has been banned from visiting Bangladesh is a talking point in that nation who firmly believe that his close association with the Jamaat-e-Islami thanks to his SIMI link is what is fanning the sentiments against the Awami League.
Imran who has been questioned in connection with the Saradha scam for allegedly helping Sudipto Sen park funds abroad through the Jamaat's hawala channel was made an MP by the Trinamool Congress despite the Intelligence Bureau red flagging him and also Bangladesh lodging an official complaint against his activities.
NIA to visit Bangladesh
Both India and Bangladesh have agreed to work on this case together as it concerns the security of both nations. Even as the Prime Minister of Bangladesh said that India must flush out the Jamaat terrorists, a team of the NIA will visit Bangladesh to collect more details about the Burdhwan case.
A team from Bangladesh will also visit India to hold discussions on the case. The NIA says that several operatives attached to this case may have fled to Bangladesh and they would also want to visit the training modules in Chittagong among other places to get a better understanding of the functioning of the modules. Their counterparts in Bangladesh have assured of all cooperation when they visit and have jointly agreed to crack and shut down these modules which was planning one of the biggest coups against the Bangladesh establishment after 2005.