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NIA decodes: Chini is hawala money,Re 1 is Rs 1 lakh

‘Dukaan khol kar rakho’ meant ‘switch on the mobile phone’; ‘dawai le li hai’ meant ‘money has been taken’.

Written by Rahul Tripathi | New Delhi |
August 8, 2011 12:54:25 am

‘Dukaan khol kar rakho’ (open the shop) meant ‘switch on the mobile phone’; ‘dawai le li hai’ (bought the medicine) meant ‘money has been taken’. These were among some of the codes — now part of the NIA chargesheet — that terrorists from Pakistan used for communicating with four separatist leaders who are now in jail in an alleged hawala racket.

The NIA states that the Pakistan-based Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) and Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) sent money through hawala to India,which was later sent to Jammu and Kashmir to finance terror and secessionist activities. The agency has also named Hurriyat Conference leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani as having allegedly received hawala money.

The NIA,which took over the probe into the hawala racket from the Delhi Police’s special cell,has also found out the cellphone numbers of those from across the border who communicated with the four accused — Ghulam Mohammad Bhat,Mohammad Sidiq Ganai,Ghulam Jeelani Lilo and Farooq Ahmed Dagga.

Decoding their conversations,the probe agency said that ‘rupee one’ stood for transfer of ‘Rs 1 lakh’ while ‘rupees two’ stood for ‘Rs 2 lakh’. At times,the alleged hawala money was also referred as chini (sugar).

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In one of the intercepted conversations,the accused persons were heard saying ‘5 kilo chini dal’,which meant transfer Rs 5 lakh.

The conversations,according to the NIA,were carried out on mobile phones from Pakistan. One of the mobile numbers was being handled by HM commander Maqbool Pandit,who appeared to be the contact person between the separatists and the ISI,it says. The agency has also named two ISI men as Colonel Abdullah and Major Iqbal.

Several mobile numbers belonging to Pakistan-based militant outfit and those in India were under surveillance before the Delhi Police arrested the four accused in January this year.

The NIA,which has also sought a forensic examination of the recorded conversation,said in its chargesheet quoting the CFSL report that the voice samples have matched with those of the accused persons.

Ganai,who is described as pivotal in the entire racket,used to receive money from Pakistan twice every month,the chargesheet states.

The agency has also said that the hawala money transfer,which started in November 2008,began with Rs 1 lakh and Rs 5 lakh. It was later increased to Rs 10 lakh and Rs 22 lakh.

The agency has also found that Ganai had rented a house for Rs 3,000 per month from October 2009 at Subzi Mandi at New Delhi. This house was used to collect the hawala money and transfer the same to J&K. Two local contacts in Delhi,who used to collect the hawala payments,have now been made witnesses by the NIA.

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