Police raids underway in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch

The police today raided multiple locations across the Poonch district in Jammu and Kashmir in connection with a hawala racket.

The raids followed the arrest of two people who were allegedly routing money to terror outfits Lashkar-e-Taiba and Al Badr, officials said.

They have been identified as Abdul Hamid Mir, a resident of Poonch, and Mohammad Yaseen,  Delhi-based garment trader. The two  were arrested from Jammu bus stand and the national capital on August 17 and 18 respectively and Hawala money worth ₹24 lakh was recovered from them.

Yaseen, a resident of Delhi’s Turkman Gate, revealed that the hawala money was being routed to India through South Africa and collected in Surat and Mumbai, police said.

Yaseen ran a garments business at Meena Bazaar and was the Delhi link to send this money to Jammu and Kashmir through couriers.