A team of counter intelligence officers held three persons after recovering hawala money of over Rs one crore in cash from their possession on Monday night in Kartarpur town of district.
Assistant inspector general of police Amarjit Singh Bajwa said that acting on a tip-off, a team led by inspectors Harbhajan Lal and Nachhattar Singh intercepted a Tata Safari vehicle PB08-CB-7544 in Kartarpur, and apprehended Rajinder Singh of Civil Lines, Balbir SIngh of Avtar Nagar and Kishan Lal of New Dashmesh Nagar in Jalandhar. The money was being taken to Amritsar without any valid documentation.
Bajwa said that Rajinder Singh runs an illegal travel agency under the name of Gujrat Enterprises near Namdev Chowk of the city, adding that Singh has no licence for money exchange. Bajwa said that in the garb of running a travel agency Singh was running an illegal business of hawala racket.
Bajwa also said that Balbir and Kishan Lal (the other two accused) were working with Rajinder and were involved in distributing or collecting money.
The enforcement directorate has been informed about the hawala money seizure and the trio have been handed over to Kartarpur police.