NIA decodes: Chini is hawala money, Re 1 is Rs 1 lakh

'Dukaan khol kar rakho' (open the shop) meant 'switch on the mobile phone'; 'dawai le li hai' (bought the medicine) meant 'money has been taken'. These were among some of the codes now part of the NIA chargesheet that terrorists from Pakistan used for communicating with four separatist leaders who are now in jail in an alleged hawala racket.

The NIA states that the Pakistan-based Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) and Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) sent money through hawala to India, which was later sent to Jammu and Kashmir to finance terror and secessionist activities. The agency has also named Hurriyat Conference leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani as having allegedly received hawala money.

The NIA, which took over the probe into the hawala racket from the Delhi Police's special cell, has also found out the cellphone numbers of those from across the border who communicated with the four accused Ghulam Mohammad Bhat, Mohammad Sidiq Ganai, Ghulam Jeelani Lilo and Farooq Ahmed Dagga.

Decoding their conversations, the probe agency said that 'rupee one' stood for transfer of 'Rs 1 lakh' while 'rupees two' stood for 'Rs 2 lakh'. At times, the alleged hawala money was also referred as chini (sugar).

In one of the intercepted conversations, the accused persons were heard saying '5 kilo chini dal', which meant transfer Rs 5 lakh.

The conversations, according to the NIA, were carried out on mobile phones from Pakistan. One of the mobile numbers was being handled by HM commander Maqbool Pandit, who appeared to be the contact person between the separatists and the ISI, it says. The agency has also named two ISI men as Colonel Abdullah and Major Iqbal.

Several mobile numbers belonging to Pakistan-based militant outfit and those in India were under surveillance before the Delhi Police arrested the four accused in January this year.

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