Evidence seized from hawala operator's Delhi home: ATS
The anti-terrorism squad (ATS) of Maharashtra police which is probing the 13/7 triple blasts case has seized key documents and a SIM card from arrested hawala operator Kanwar Pathrija, which contain relevant entries of the transactions made during the blasts.mumbai Updated: Feb 04, 2012 00:58 IST
The anti-terrorism squad (ATS) of Maharashtra police which is probing the 13/7 triple blasts case has seized key documents and a SIM card from arrested hawala operator Kanwar Pathrija, which contain relevant entries of the transactions made during the blasts.
According to an ATS officer, a raid was conducted at Pathrija's Ghaziabad residence on Thursday, from where the seizures were made.
"Two diaries were seized when Pathrija was arrested, and two more were recovered by the ATS from Pathrija's residence," an ATS officer said.
"The dairies have entries of hawala transactions of the entire year," the officer said. Suspected mastermind and Indian Mujahideen (IM) operative Yasin Bhatkal was paid Rs10 lakh to plan and execute the blasts, according to ATS sources.
"A SIM card which was used to make calls during the hawala transactions of the 13/7 blasts was also seized," the officer said, adding that though it was partially destroyed, the police have managed to glean some details from it.
The ATS also recovered two handsets from Pathrija's residence, but they too were damaged, pointing to a cover-up bid, the officer said.
From the ATS's investigations so far, it has come to light that Pathrija was into hawala transactions since the last 4-5 years.
The ATS now intends to ask the enforcement directorate and the department of revenue intelligence to follow up on the hawala trail.
"We will pass on the details along with the dairies to them so that they can investigate under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA)," the officer said.
For investigations of such cases in the future, the ATS has written to the home ministry seeking permission to prosecute under the PMLA. As of now, neither the crime branch nor the ATS can prosecute under this Act.