New Delhi, April 23
The Directorate of Law Enforcement (ED) has registered a case under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) against several suspects believed to be involved in the recent violence in Jahangirpuri, including the main defendant Mohammed Ansar.
Financial transactions to be probed
- ED will soon interview all defendants and investigate their financial dealings
- He is empowered to make arrests and seize property
A Law Enforcement Case Information Report (ECIR), which is the equivalent of a police FIR for the ED, was filed by the agency under the criminal provisions of the PMLA, agency officials said. Delhi Police Commissioner Rakesh Asthana had recently written to ED recommending an investigation by the agency. He cited the preliminary findings made by his officers in the case and the FIRs filed by them. Therefore, agency officials said, ED’s case stems from complaints to the police. Clashes erupted between two communities during a Hanuman Jayanti procession in Jahangirpuri, northwest Delhi on April 16, leaving eight police officers and a local resident injured.
According to the police, there was stone throwing and arson during the clashes and some vehicles were also set on fire. Ansar (35), a B-Block resident of Jahangirpuri, is believed to be the “main conspirator” behind the violence.
During the preliminary investigation, sources said, it emerged that Ansar had financial connections and was also in possession of several properties, allegedly purchased with ill-gotten (gambling) money.
The ED investigator would soon be interviewing all of the defendants and probing their financial dealings. The agency has the authority to arrest and seize the property of the accused pending investigation under the PMLA.
So far, 25 people have been arrested by Delhi police in the violent Jahangirpuri case, while two minors have been detained. —