ED raids premises of Bhola aides in several districts
On the basis of revelations made by druglord Jagdish Singh Bhola during his daylong remand, the enforcement department on Tuesday conducted raids at several places in Amritsar, Ludhiana and Sangrur districts on the premises linked to Bhola's associates Maninderjit Singh alias Bittu Aulakh and Jagjeet Singh Chahal.punjab Updated: Feb 04, 2014 21:04 IST
On the basis of revelations made by druglord Jagdish Singh Bhola during his daylong remand, the enforcement department on Tuesday conducted raids at several places in Amritsar, Ludhiana and Sangrur districts on the premises linked to Bhola's associates Maninderjit Singh alias Bittu Aulakh and Jagjeet Singh Chahal.
"During his remand, Bhola revealed about several monetary transactions, linked to the international drug network, through his conduits Aulakh and Chahal. To verify and identify the routes of such transactions, raids were conducted in Chak Ramana and Preet Larhi villages of Amritsar apart from several premises in Ludhiana and Mandi Ahmergarh area of Sangrur district," highly-placed sources in the enforcement directorate (ED) told Hindustan Times on the condition of anonymity.
Several teams of ED sleuths from Jalandhar and Chandigarh conducted raids and recovered documents pertaining to money transacted through the Hawala operation, sources said, adding that the department is assessing the documents.
Since the ultimate destination of drugs was foreign shores, it is beyond doubt that Hawala channel was used to bring money in lieu of smuggled drugs, sources said.
"The ED is the nodal agency for identifying and attaching properties owned by the drug peddlers through illegal money and efforts are on to unearth the route and destination of such money used to buy properties," sources added.
Asked whether Bhola revealed names of some other politicians allegedly involved in the drug network, ED sources evaded a direct reply and said if some drug accused reveals name of anybody without any substantiated evidence it does not lead the investigation anywhere.
"During the remand, Bhola revealed names of some non-resident Indians (NRIs) involved in the drug network, but during investigation it was found that all of them are in foreign lands as of now," sources added.
It is pertinent to mention here that the ED had obtained daylong remand of Bhola on January 23 from a Patiala court. As of now, he is lodged in the Nabha jail along with Aulakh and Chahal, his conduits.
First Published: Feb 04, 2014 21:00 IST