Terror funding activities: NIA to explore Mumbai connections of Jaswinder Singh

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 10 Nov 2017 09:04:22


Staff Reporter,

NIA officials denied connection with Khalistani groups

National Investigation Agency (NIA) are now focusing on Mumbai connections of Jaswinder Singh (53) who was arrested in Delhi into cross-border funding of terror activities in Jammu and Kashmir. Jaswinder was living in Mumbai since last eight months and had links with hawala network and used to handle work of some businessmen, revealed the sources.

Family members of Jaswinder reside at Hemchandra Apartment, Civil Lines, Nagpur and they were shocked after knowing about arrest of Jaswinder, who they say belongs to family of freedom fighter.

A team of Crime Branch visited the house of Jaswinder after news of Jaswinder’s arrest was flashed by the NIA in Delhi. Jaswainder's grandfather was Dr Ram Singh, who was the freedom fighter. His father was advocate while wife is a teacher.

Sources in NIA informed that Jaswinder was operating in Maharashtra with Vinod Shreedhar Shetty (47), a resident of Shanti Nagar, Mira Road (East), Mumbai and Deepak Toprani (60), a resident of Premier Road, Vidya Vihar West, Mumbai. These three accused had collected the cash from the businessmen operating in the Mumbai, the official said. The NIA officials have started interrogation of the accused to explore further into their terror links with separatists groups active in Kashmir Valley. The NIA officials have however ruled out any connection with Khalistani groups in this case.

The officials had seized demonetised currency worth Rs 36,34,78,500 and arrested the accused in this connection. The accused were carrying 28 cartons filled with demonetised currency notes of denomination Rs 500 and Rs 1000 in four vehicles – two BMWs, one Creta and a Ford EcoSport.

Acting on a tip-off, the team had intercepted the gang members at Jai Singh Road near Connaught Place, New Delhi on Tuesday. They were carrying 28 cartons filled with demonetised currency notes.