13/7 blasts: Hawala operator held in Delhi

13/7 blasts: Hawala operator held in Delhi

A suspected hawala operator, who allegedly handed over Rs 10 lakh to fugitive Indian Mujahiddin top operative Yasin Bhatkal for executing the July 13 triple blasts that killed 27 people here, has been arrested from Delhi, the Maharashtra Anti Terrorism Squad said on Tuesday.

"In a joint operation with Delhi Police's special cell, the main hawala operator, Kanwar Nain Wazeer Chand Patrija (42), who hails from Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh, was arrested from Delhi yesterday and brought to Mumbai," Maharashtra ATS chief Rakesh Maria said.

"Patrija had facilitated the payment used for commissioning the blasts. He was produced before a court today which remanded him in police custody till February 9," the ATS chief said.

Patrija, who runs a jewellery shop named Jyoti Jewellers in a rented premise in Chandni Chowk in Delhi, had handed over Rs 10 lakh in cash to Bhatkal and the entire money was used to trigger the coordinated explosions, Maria said.

Patrija, who is the third person to be arrested in connection with the blasts, had received instructions from abroad following which he gave the cash to Bhatkal early last year outside his shop, Maria said, refusing to disclose the location where Bhatkal and the arrested accused had met.