NIA arrests 2 hawala operatives in Lashkar-e-Tayiba funding case
Two alleged hawala operatives were arrested by the National Investigation Agency from Uttar Pradesh on the charge that they were helping the Lashkar-e-Tayiba channelise funds.
The duo have been identified as Dinesh Garg and Adesh Jain. The NIA alleged that they had been channelising funds from the UAE for the Lashkar-e-Tayiba terrorists in India.
The development came in the wake of the arrest of an alleged Lashkar-e-Tayiba sympathiser, Mahfooz Alam being arrested in Bihar. During his questioning he led the NIA to Garg and Jain. He said that the duo had helped him bring in the money through hawala channels from the UAE.
He is the fourth accused person arrested in this case. The other three accused arrested in this include Shaikh Abdul Naeem, Dhannu Raja and Touseef Ahmed Malik.
Mahfooz Alam had facilitated and provided logistic, financial support and shelter to the co-accused Naeem. He had also visited and established bases in Bihar, Odisha, U.P and Jammu and Kashmir on the advice of his handler Abdul.
Mahfooz also facilitated raising, receiving and collecting fund by the co-accused Shaikh Abdul Naeem through International Money Transfer Services such as Western Union Money Transfer by providing his identity documents. These funds were to be later used for carrying out the terrorist activities by Shaikh Abdul Nayeem.
From Garg the NIA recovered Rs 15 lakh in cash, a pistol, two note counting machines, a laptop and mobile phone. From Jain, the NIA recovered Rs 32.84 lakh in cash along with a Chinese pistol and records of foreign hawala traders.