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Police crackdown on `hawala' dealers in Kerala

Police crackdown on `hawala' dealers in Kerala

Author: PTI
Publication: The Hindu
Date: September 30, 2007
URL: http://www.hinduonnet.com/thehindu/holnus/004200709300321.htm

In a major crackdown on suspected hawala dealers, police raided 13 houses and seized three pistols, over 100 sovereigns of gold and documents pertaining to bank transactions in the district on Saturday.

The raids, led by Malappuram SP, P Vijayan on a direction from IG of police, Vincent M Paul, were carried out for over six hours since morning at Vatakara, Koduvally, Thamarassery and Vavadu by anti-hawala squads formed recently in the state to unearth illegal transfer of money, police said.

Three pistols were recovered from a house at Villiapalli near Vatakara and a case had been booked under the Arms Act, they said, adding over 100 sovereigns of gold was seized from house at Koduvally, from where hawala transactions were reported frequently in recent times.

However, no cash was seized during the raids as the special police teams were instructed not to recover cash below Rs one lakh, police said.

"We have also seized some documents pertaining to bank transactions and book records showing money dealings which will be probed', the sources said.

Among the houses raided were one belonging to a Muslim League sympathiser at Koduvally, they said, adding that suspected hawala dealers reportedly tried to manhandle some mediapersons who had gone to cover the developments at Vavadu.

Today's crackdown follows a series of such raids held in Malappuram early this month during which documents relating to an alleged Rs 400-crore hawala deal were seized from a house at Perinthalmanna.

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