The hawala racket busted by Enforcement Directorate (ED) a couple of weeks ago in Surat is getting murkier with new revelations of the main accused’s underworld links.
One of the details that has come out is that on April 10, an envelope containing six bullets was found at the door of main accused Afroz Hasan Fatta’s Mumbai home. This is a signal usually provided by the underworld to a target, said sources.
According to sources, Fatta, a resident of Surat, had been regularly receiving threat calls from Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP). In one such calls, a man who identified himself as Thakur threatened to kill Fatta. Besides warning him, the caller claimed that he was underworld don Dawood Ibrahim’s man and helping Taliban and Indian Mujahideen (IM). Thakur is said to be an underworld don based in Thane of Maharashtra.
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The ED officials have issued summons to Fatta. He reportedly owes about Rs 8 crore to a Mumbai-based businessman who runs a waste management company and also into the real estate business. Sources said that Fatta and the Mumbai-based businessman, having links with underworld don Chhota Shakeel, have been friends for sometime.
Fatta started getting threat calls soon after ED busted the hawala racket, said to be worth Rs 700 crore (now worth about Rs 5,000 crore) in March 21. On March 28, two bike-borne persons shot at one Amjad Dalal in Surat apparently mistaking him to be Fatta.
The investigations revealed that the shootout was at the behest of underworld gangster Babloo Srivastava, who is currently lodged in Bareilly jail in Uttar Pradesh.
Surat police arrested two persons, identified as Roshan Marwadi alias Roshan Chawla and Suresh Bansal, originally from Rajasthan, for aiding Srivastava’s henchmen in conducting recce on Fatta.
Roshan and Suresh are said to have met Srivastava at Tis Hazari court in Delhi during a court proceeding sometime back and agreed to work for him.
After the shootout, Fatta, who is said to have connections with BJP higher-ups, received threat calls threatening him “Is baar bach gaya hai (you have survived this time).”
On Wednesday, Fatta sent a fax message from an unknown place stating, “I am unable to come due to my mental condition.” Sources said that Fatta’s arrest in this case is inevitable as there are ample evidence against him.
The ED has already frozen his several bank accounts, while it is tracing his other properties and bank accounts. Sources in ED said that his family members, including his brother Zafar Hassan Fatta, brother-in-law Samir Gondhil and sister Fazia were also involved, beside his Mumbai-base partner Madan Lal Jain. They all have been booked under Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).
“Surat was the base from where money, which came from bank accounts from other places, was transferred to UAE and Hong Kong. Almost 70% of money was remitted to Hong Kong, where Dawood is said be active, while the remaining was sent to UAE. We are surprised that in less than two months (January and February) Rs 5,000 crore was transacted through hawala,” sources said. Fatta and his partners deposit fake bill of entries of diamond imports and remittances were paid abroad.