Hawala money, phones meant for HM commander seized
12 March 2007
The Daily Excelsior
Jammu: Intelligence agencies, Ramban police and SOG Jammu last evening arrested three Hizbul Mujahideen activists including two women along with Rs 4.21 lakh hawala money, one Thoraya satellite telephone and a BSNL mobile. Official sources said on a specific input, a joint naka was laid by sleuths of a Central intelligence agency, Ramban police and SOG Jammu at Ramban last evening and arrested three persons as soon as they boarded off a bus at Ramban and were waiting to take a vehicle for Gool. They have been identified as Mohd Yusuf Bhat of Gool, Rajia Begum and Misra Begum, both sisters and residents of Kulgam, Anantnag. Recoveries made from their possession include Rs 4.21 lakh hawala money, one Thoraya satellite telephone and a BSNL mobile. The hawala consignment and telephones were given to them by a Hizbul Mujahideen ‘district commander’ for Kulgam, Muneeb and were to be handed over to HM ‘divisional commander’ Mushtaq Ahmed at Gool. Mushtaq was brother-in-law of Mohd Yusuf Bhat and had replaced Billoo Gujjar as ‘divisional commander’ of the HM outfit after Billoo’s killing last year. According to sources, all three accused boarded a bus at Wanpoo in Anantnag along with the consignment given to them by Muneeb yesterday morning. They were arrested as soon as they boarded off the bus at Ramban. SSP Ramban Basant Rath supervised the operation. SOG team was led by DySP SOG Jammu Shailey Singh. According to sources, Misra Begum was also carrying her infant with her to dodge police that she was travelling with her family. A number of times, militants have been found using women as couriers for hawala money, telephones and even weapons as they are less doubted by security agencies and rarely subjected to searches. Sources said all three hawala racketeers are being subjected to questioning and were likely to be sent to Joint Interrogation Centre (JIC) to ascertain their links with militants. Based on their information, police have also identified some suspected hide-outs of Hizbul Mujahideen ‘divisional commander’ Mushtaq Ahmed to carry out searches for him.