Kanwar Nain Pathreja,a Delhi based jeweller arrested for allegedly funding the July 13 blasts,had transferred the money in February last year,the police said. The police suspect that the Indian Mujahideen had planned the strikes at least five months prior to the serial blasts.
Pathreja was allegedly carrying out hawala operations from a shop,Jyoti Jewellers,in Kucha Mahajani area of Chandni Chowk. He had taken the shop on rent and it was registered in the name of Sunita Kapoor.
The shop was always bustling with customers. He had renovated it around New Year; so there was no board outside. He was planning to put one up soon. He has been here for three years, said Sandeep Kumar Dubey,an employee of the adjacent shop. When The Indian Express visited,the shop was shut and an electricity bill of Rs 11,920 had been slipped in between the shutters. It said the amount had not been paid since September.
The Special Cell of Delhi Police and the Mumbai Anti Terror Squad had arrested Pathreja on Monday. He had allegedly transferred Rs 10 lakh to IM leader Yasin Bhatkal. The police said there are at least five others involved in the financial trail.
The last hawala transaction was in February 2010. He had been on our radar since August. Few more are to be arrested, the police added.