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HP Police suspects hawala racket on foreign currency

The Himachal Police suspects that the huge amount of foreign currency seized during raids at the transit home of 17th Karmapa Ugyen Trinley Dorje was brought to the state through hawala routes.

Currency notes of different countries were recovered during the raids at Gyuto Monastery, 6 km from here, yesterday and a close aide of the Karmapa, Rabjaychojan alias Shakti Lama, was arrested and interrogated about the source of the money stacked in the monastery.

Director General of Police D S Manhas today said, “We suspect that the entire currency was brought to the state illegally, possibly through hawala routes”.

Investigations are being carried out with the help of top central agencies, he said, adding, “Our teams have already left for four places, including Delhi, Chandigarh, Ambala and Dharamshala” The money seized yesterday was in currencies of China, Japan, the US, the UK, Australia, Thailand and several other countries and six suitcases had been unearthed.A sum of Rs 4 lakh in Indian currency was also seized and more searches were likely, police said.

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