Nandavan hawala trove seizure tale takes new twist

Nagpur, May 4 (UNI) Informers, who had tipped off police about the hawala racket, pocketed over Rs 2.50 crore themselves, it came to light on Friday.
On last Sunday, it was reported that city police had seized Rs 3.18 crore in cash from a car. But the amount was actually much more.

A team of Nandanvan police had on Sunday intercepted a car coming from Raipur, Chhattisgarh, to the city and had seized Rs 3.18 crore that was suspected to be hawala money. But it came to the fore on the very next day that the actual amount was to the tune of Rs 5.73 crore. A formal complaint was lodged and investigations launched.

In the meantime, the four informants– Sachin Padgilwar, Ravi Machewar, Pintu Wasnik, and Gajanan Munmune– vanished from Nagpur. It strengthened doubts that there was something amiss. An alert was sounded across Maharashtra.

It was later revealed that the four informers were staying at a hotel in the tourist resort of Mahabaleshwar. When they were rounded up, the police recovered 2 lakh cash from their possession.

It was revealed that before reaching Nandanvan police station, the informers had taken the car to an unidentified location where they siphoned off a part of the cash. The informers allegedly pocketed Rs 2.55 crore, concealed in customised compartments, at the bottom of all the four seats of the car.

Much later, the car was brought to Nandanvan police station.