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Rajasthan ATS detain suspected Islamic State hawala operator in Chennai

In its crackdown on terror, the Rajasthan anti-terrorism squad on Tuesday detained a man in Chennai who allegedly ran a hawala network to fund the Islamic State.

india Updated: Jul 04, 2017 12:26 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Jaipur
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An Islamic State fighter in a deserted street in Raqqa, Syria. (REUTERS FILE PHOTO)

The anti-terrorism squad (ATS) of the Rajasthan Police on Tuesday detained a man in Chennai who allegedly transferred funds to the Islamic State through a hawala network, said officials.

According to senior ATS officials, the detained person has been identified as Harun and is engaged in money exchange business.

“Our teams were sent to Chennai after we got to know about possible involvement of Harun in hawala money trail leading up to the Islamic State. We have detained him and he is being brought to Jaipur for further interrogation,” Vikas Kumar, superintendent of police, ATS told HT.

Harun is likely to be arrested once he lands in Jaipur in the afternoon.

Kumar also said that preliminary investigation suggests that Harun had links with Muhammed Iqbal who was arrested by the Rajasthan ATS in February this year.

Iqbal, who also used the alias of ‘Travel Haq’ was a smuggler and was arrested for his connections with Jamil Ahmed, another suspected IS operative who was arrested by the Rajasthan police in November last year.

“Preliminary investigation suggests that Harun was acquainted with Iqbal and helped send hawala money intended to fund the Islamic State to UAE,” said Kumar.

The officials said that the role that Harun allegedly played in sending funds to the IS was unearthed while the agency investigated the various connections of Iqbal, who was also based in Chennai.

After the money would be sent to UAE, Ahmed, who worked in a finance company in Dubai, would allegedly transfer it to the IS.

Ahmed was also allegedly directly in touch with guerrilla fighters of the terrorist organisation in Iraq and Syria.

ATS officials had revealed that Ahmed, who wanted to permanently move to Syria, recently purchased properties worth crores of rupees in Mumbai recently to ensure that his family would live comfortably.

First Published: Jul 04, 2017 11:50 IST