February 2006 News

Money changers funding militants in Kashmir

6 February 2006
The Hindu
Devesh K. Pandey

New Delhi: Certain money exchange offices based in the Middle East are suspected to be involved in hawala operations to fund militants in Jammu and Kashmir, investigations into recent cases detected by the Special Cell of the Delhi police have revealed. The latest case in point is the alleged involvement of Nasir Safi Mir, a wealthy Dubai- based money exchanger, who had been passing on huge amounts to the banned militant outfit Hizbul Mujahideen and certain separatist leaders. According to the police, he also worked as a courier to pass on consignments of explosives to militants. Investigations have revealed that Nasir had been working as a money exchanger in Dubai for the past several years. During interrogation, he allegedly disclosed that till 1997, he had passed on about Rs. 1.8 crores of hawala money. In the recent past, Nasir forwarded at least four consignments of hawala money to militants and separatist leaders and in this, the fifth instance, he had been given Rs. 55 lakhs and a consignment of RDX, detonator and ABCD timer for distribution among Hizbul militants and a top separatist leader. The police have learnt that Nasir ran two offices by the name Cash Express and Rim Exchange in Dubai.


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