Staff Reporter

Documents on deals worth crores seized

Papers for a Rs.400-crore land deal seized

Guns seized from several houses

KOZHIKODE: Continuing its crackdown on hawala dealers in north Kerala, a special police team led by Malappuram district Superintendent of Police P. Vijayan conducted massive raids in various parts of Kozhikode district on Saturday.

Several bank documents and passbooks pointing to transactions of crores of rupees were also seized during the raids conducted at 13 houses in Vadakara, Koduvally and Thamarassery. These documents would be further examined to verify if the transactions had been legal, Mr. Vijayan told journalists in Koyilandy.

Two rifles and an air pistol were also seized from the house of one Pokker at Villiyapally, near Vadakara.

The weapons would be sent for ballistic examination. Three Deputy Superintendents of Police, 13 Circle Inspectors, over 100 police personnel, and 26 Revenue officials were part of the raiding team.

The raids commenced in the morning and lasted till afternoon. No one has been arrested so far, police said.

A similar raid, led by Ernakulam range Inspector General of Police Vinson M. Paul, was carried out at the residences of suspected hawala dealers in Malappuram district in the first week of this month.

A large number of documents and passbooks indicating illegal money transactions worth crores of rupees had been seized in the raids.

A land deal agreement for Rs.400 crore was seized from the residence of Manalaya Shamsudeen at Perinthalmanna.

The deal was for selling 150 acres of land in the possession of Shamsudeen in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, to a company based in that city.

The police had also recovered an imported air pistol from him, police said.

Action to continue

The crackdown on hawala dealers would continue in the coming days.

Last month, the Home Department had constituted a special team headed by Mr. Paul to investigate hawala operations in the State, particularly in north Kerala, Mr. Vijayan said.