Monday, 6 February 2012

ATS wants to paralyze IMs money wing

Mumbai: The anti-terrorism squad (ATS),probing the 13/7 serial blasts,is chasing the financial wing of the outlawed terror outfit,Indian Mujahideen (IM),and wants to paralyze it.Without funding,it will become difficult for the IM to run its modules.The outfit requires money to continue its activities, said ATS chief Rakesh Maria.
The IMs hawala operations had come to light following the arrest of Kanwar Nain Pathrija from Delhi.A hawala operator,Pathrija had allegedly received Rs 10 lakh from Dubai and he later handed over this money to IM cofounder and 13/7 mastermind Yasin Bhatkal.
Our priority is to get all the information about the IMs financial wing and completely paralyze it so that the outfit can not run other operations, said a police source.
In the past,four brigades formed by the IM to carry out terror attacks in Indian cities were crippled after the arrest of two dozen IM suspects.
Sources in the security establishment said two diaries seized from Pathrija contained records of hawala transactions to the tune of Rs 2 crore that took place in the last one year.
However,the money sent by IM operative Haroon Rasheed Naik from UAE is just Rs 10 lakh.We are scanning other people who had sent and received money through hawala channels, said the source.
According to the police,the IM has four known wings,the Shahabuddin brigade to strike in south India,the Mahemood Ghaznavi brigade to strike in the north,the Shaheed Al-Zarkavi brigade to attack VVIPs and the media cell which sends emails.The IMs media cell has been completely paralyzed.The outfit stopped using the terror-email technique after we traced the origin of such emails and arrested its operatives, another officer said.
It is learnt that IM members in the Gulf have been using various tactics to raise funds,including collecting money in the name of schools and orphanages.
Policemen,who interrogated the arrested IM members,said the recruits are lured with promises of big cash rewards upon completion of a job.The money collected through various means is sent to senior IM operatives.They use the money to pay sleeper cells and on new recruits.It seems money has become their main motivation now, said a source.
Once we break the financial system of the outfit,it will be completely crippled.We are taking time in verification and chasing other suspects.We feel that the investigation of financial trail will lead us to a bigger racket, said an officer.

Behind Bars

Naqi Ahmed (22)

A Bihar resident.Allegedly harboured and sheltered other accused in Mumbai.He received hawala money in Mumbai and handed over explosives to co-accused

Nadeem Ahmed (23)

Also a resident of Bihar.Is accused of transporting explosives on a train from Delhi to Mumbai and aiding and abetting in the blasts

Kanwar Nain Pathrija (43)

A Delhi-based hawala operator.He allegedly received Rs 10 lakh from IM operative Haroon Rasheed Naik in 2011 and gave the cash to IM co-founder Yasin Bhatkal

Haroon Rasheed Naik (34)

A Thane resident.Accused of planning the blasts,looking after the financial angle and sending cash through hawala from the UAE

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