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Police probing hawala angle in Rs 8cr robbery

Thursday, 30 January 2014 - 12:15pm IST | Place: New Delhi | Agency: DNA
  • Forensic experts inspecting the car used by the armed robbers. DNA

Even as Delhi Police has achieved no breakthrough in Rs 8 crore robbery case, they are investigating hawala trail of the money that had to be deposited in bank allegedly in lieu of the commission for the victims. A Jhajjar- based gang is suspected the be in involved in the robbery.

The two victims Rajesh Kalra, whose name had surfaced as bookie during Hansie Cronje match-fixing case and Rahul Ahuja, a Gurgaon based property dealer, who claims to own the cash, were also questioned by the police in detail. However, the duo has not revealed the source of money and interestingly, did not seem ‘too interested’ in investigations of the case. During investigations police found that one of the Kalra’s associate’s Sandeep, was also near the spot on Tuesday, driving i20 car.

Police sources revealed that Sandeep’s uncle Ashok is lodged in a Jhajjar jail and he could be involved in the robbery as he still operates a gang.  

Police have also detained a person regarding the robbery, but has officially denied any breakthrough in the case. The CCVT footage from different locations on BRT corridor at Lajpat Nagar, Mool Chand and Defence Colony are being examined as well.

According to police sources, the duo could be involved in hawala transactions as they are yet to describe the source of money and its usage to the investigators. “They may be getting huge commissions for just transporting the money in the capital and it seems someone in the network was aware of the amount being carried,” said a senior police official. Police has also contacted the banks and also asked for the detail of accounts.

On Tuesday morning, a group of unidentified armed robbers driving two cars faked an accident and robbed four employees of a businessman of Rs 7.69 crore in south Delhi’s Lajpat Nagar area, when they were on way to bank for depositing the money. The four employees, Ahuja’s manager Rakesh Kumar, driver Subodh and two others Rajesh and Baijnath were present in the Honda City car, when the incident took place.

Preliminary investigations revealed that they had collected the cash from Kalkaji and Greater Kailash to deposit in two separate bank accounts in Karol Bagh.

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