Aysha, Zubair sent to custody in illegal money-trail
Lakhisarai (Bihar), Nov 16 (PTI): The woman 'kingpin' of an illegal money transaction racket with a Pakistani link and her husband, arrested from Mangalore, were today sent to judicial custody by a district court here.
Chief Judicial Magistrate Amar Jyoti Shrivastava remanded the couple Aysha Banu and Zubair to 14 days judicial custody.
Aysha was arrested on the basis of an FIR lodged at Lakhisarai, 70 km from here. The racket was busted on the basis of an alert from NIA probing the serial blasts at Patna and Bodh Gaya.
A team of Bihar Police had arrested Aysha Banu and her husband Zubair, who runs a bidi business, from Mangalore on November 12 and they were brought here on transit remand for investigating the illegal money trail.
Aysha Banu, a mother of three children was referred to as 'Pakistan boss'. Preliminary inquiry revealed that she was handled from Pakistan and used to instruct agents here to deposit money in designated bank accounts.
Four persons arrested from front of an HDFC ATM on November 8 were sent to the Lakhisarai jail.
The police said the four persons allegedly used to lure poor people to open bank accounts by paying them Rs 2000 each. Money poured into these bank accounts from unknowns destinations, mostly abroad, thereafter.
Instructions used to be sent through SMS from Pakistan to withdraw cash from these accounts and deposit them in other accounts.
The Lakhisarai police had seized 25 ATM cards, 35 passbooks and cheques from the arrested.