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Police now look to bust hawala racket

india Updated: Oct 26, 2006 16:31 IST
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AFTER NABBING 14 members of a Bangladeshi gang of dacoits, Bhopal police are now gearing up to bust the hawala racket through which the gang transferred their cash  booty out of India.

Another important task post `Operation Crack’  is to work towards extradition of the remaining members of the gang from Bangladesh.

Bhopal police – through the Police Headquarters (PHQ) – will also urge the State Government to take up the issue of infiltration of Bangladeshis in India with the Union Government so that  stricter  and more effective mechanism could be
evolved to monitor the India-Bangladesh  border.

Many of the gang members have been arrested from various Indian cities in the past and deported to Bangladesh. But the exercise proved futile.

The Indo-Bangla border being very porous the culprits have time and again managed to sneak back into India to commit more crimes.

“Our next aim is busting the hawala racket used by the gang and taking up the case with the Centre so that further infiltration of  such culprits could be prevented,’’ Bhopal range DIG Anuradha Shankar Singh told the Hindustan Times.

The police were also trying to get any remaining gang members  who had since fled back to Bangladesh extradited for trial
for the crimes committed in India, the DIG added.

The gang immediately transfers the entire looted cash through hawala transaction after every dacoity. That made it even more difficult for authorities to recover a major portion of the booty.

“We are confident of busting this (hawala) racket very soon too,’’ Singh asserted. Even as interrogation of arrested culprits has just taken off, police are certain they have a stranglehold on the gang through a very strong case.

“We want these culprits to serve sentences in Bhopal before their deportation process is carried out,’’ Anuradha Shankar Singh said, adding, “it would be injustice to the victims if the culprits were simply deported without being punished for their crimes here.”

Meanwhile, Bhopal SP Anant Kumar Singh said, “The culprits have been taken into police remand till November 3 and we would interrogate them case-by-case.” He added police remand in Bhopal could be extended too if necessary. Police from other cities of the State – where the gang committed dacoities – will also be taking culprits on remand later.