Mumbai: Raids were carried out in Mumbai in what appears to be a massive hawala transaction. In a joint operation, the NIA and the I-T department raided four trucks at the Mumbai Central station on Monday evening.
These four trucks were reportedly carrying boxes with valuables. Each of the trucks had around 15 people and were bound for Gujarat.
The trucks seized on Monday night, after a tip off received by NIA, were on their way to Gujarat, I-T officials said on Tuesday. "Four trucks containing more than 150 bags have been seized and around 40 people have been detained," they said.
CNN-IBN has learned that they are now probing the money trail. According to sources, each truck with 15 people on board, was carrying around 35 bags, allegedly stuffed with cash and valuables. I-T officials said that so far, 50 bags containing cash have been scrutinised and they are looking into the contents of the remaining.
The detained men claim to be Angadiyas or informal agents who transport diamonds and money for Gujarati and Marwari businessmen.
Angadiyas were also under investigation during the IPL controversy, with allegations that bookies used them to transfer money.
(With additional information from PTI)