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Notice out for two NRIs for helping IM

india Updated: Nov 06, 2008 01:37 IST
Presley Thomas

Mumbai Police’s Crime Branch has issued lookout notice against two West Asia-based NRIs for facilitating financial transactions to Riyaz Bhatkal, cofounder of the Indian Mujahideen.

The police also froze two nationalised banks accounts, which allegedly facilitated transactions for the operation of the little-known terror group and seized Rs 27 lakh.

Joint Commissioner of Police (crime) Rakesh Maria said that since 2006 small amounts of money were deposited in the two accounts, belonging to ther two NRIs.

The accounts also contained withdrawals that Bhatkal had made. Crime Branch officials said the NRIs had given pre-signed blank cheques to Bhatkal.

Though the police said the NRIs had made frequent trips to India, they refused to specify when they were last in the country.

The police also said one of the 20 Indian Mujahideen operatives was arrested when he was about to withdraw money from the bank. A signed cheque was seized from him, they added.