Loot brings into focus risk of illegal Hawala business in Indore
Indore: The Rs-1.5-lakh loot from an employee of a Hawala trader at bustling Jail Road on Friday night once again brought to the sharp focus the risk involved in the Hawala business which is legal in neighbouring Gujarat from where most of the victims of loots in the past hailed from.
Additional SP, crime branch, Jitendra Singh said after the arrest of UP-based gang led by Sudhir Bhadauria, loot cases had come under check in the Jail Road area known as a hub of illegal Hawala trade. Four to five major players involved in Hawala trade here transfer unaccounted amount via Gujarat where this trade is known as Angadia and is legal, he added.
SP, east, OP Tripathi claimed that the victim, who was looted at Dollar Market on Friday night, is a mobile phone shop owner. If police receive information about any illegal activity during interrogation, appropriate action will be taken against the culprits. On August 6 in 2011, a Hawala trader Rasik Bhai Prajapati was shot dead by two unidentified bike- borne assailants near Professor Colony at Sapna Sangita Road in broad daylight. The assailants looted a scooter containing huge cash (around 25 lakh) in the dickey.
Rasik died instantly on the spot, as he was shot in head from point blank range. Police have no clue about the killers.
Rasik was operating a courier firm and was on way to his house at Bhagwandeen Nagar in Bhanwarkua area along with Dinesh Patel when he was shot dead and looted.
Besides, around half a dozen loot cases involving around Rs 25 lakh each time took place in the past. Chetan Patel from Gujarat involved in the illegal trade was shot dead by four assailants in a street adjacent to Jail Road in August 2010.
The Jail Road area has been known as a hub of illegal Hawala trade.