new Delhi: Luo Song alias Charlie Peng, the leader of the billion-dollar hawala gang operating in Delhi-NCR, has been arrested. Song is suspected to be an agent of the Chinese Intelligence Service. Song is suspected to be associated with China’s Ministry of State Security (MSS). Luo Song operated more than 40 bank accounts, which were linked to many shell companies. The department said that hawala operations were related to transactions of more than Rs 1,000 crore. At present, Luo Song’s intense questioning by various central agencies continues. Also Read – Congress Spokesperson Rajeev Tyagi’s sudden demise from cordial arrest, Rahul Gandhi said – Party lost one of its babbar lions
Top intelligence sources told IANS that through fake Aadhaar cards and travel documents, Song had created a fake Indian identity in the name of Charlie Peng. Earlier, Delhi Police arrested him in 2018 on espionage charges. Also Read – Covid-19: 1404 new cases of corona infection were reported in Delhi, 16 deaths in twenty-four hours; Ongoing treatment of 10,667 patients
Luo Song, a permanent resident of Cheng Guan Xu in Lhasa, Tibet, came into contact with the MSS in Lhasa about seven to eight years ago, which functions as China’s external intelligence agency. Also Read – 12-year-old girl suffering from sexual assault attack, condition critical, surgery in AIIMS, ventilator in ICU
Nabbed in a crackdown on a multi-billion #hawala racket operating in Delhi-NCR, Luo Sang, alias Charlie Peng, is suspected to be an agent of the #Chinese intelligence service, the Ministry of State Security (MSS).#MoneyLaundering pic.twitter.com/F6sbHxYbcN
– IANS Tweets (@ians_india) August 12, 2020
Sources say that he was initially sent to Nepal, where he was assisted by officials of the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu. Sources said that he is trained in money exchange and hawala operations as well as account related works.
Sources said that after this he had come to India, where he was collecting information intimately on the whereabouts of Tibetan refugees and people close to the Dalai Lama in India.
On September 13, 2018, the Special Cell of the Delhi Police arrested Luo Song for his involvement in espionage operations in India and seized a fake Indian passport purchased from him from Manipur.
During interrogation, it was revealed that he arrived in India in 2013 and settled in Manipur. He married an Indian woman and lived in a rented house. Time spent in the Northeast enabled Luo Song to gain an Indian identity, which was necessary for his future work. A few years ago he came to Delhi from Manipur.
Sources said that Luo Song was familiar with Delhi and lived in Dwarka before shifting to DLF Phase-5, Gurugram. It is suspected that he was being controlled from across the border by the MSS.
In Delhi, he started collecting information about Tibetan people living in the NCR. He joined the money exchange and hawala operation to further his espionage operations. He was also collecting information about e-commerce companies and financial institutions.
The Special Cell team recovered an SUV Fortuner, foreign currency and some important documents of Luo Song when he was caught on suspicion of visiting some sensitive places in Himachal Pradesh and border areas in 2018. Sources said the Chinese agent used some contacts to obtain bail after spending months in jail after being produced in court by the Delhi Police.
The Income Tax Department on Tuesday arrested some Chinese individuals and Indian professionals for allegedly being involved in money laundering and hawala transactions. These people also included Luo Song, who was one of the masterminds.
The department revealed that Luo Song operated more than 40 bank accounts, which were linked to several shell companies. The department said that hawala operations were related to transactions of more than Rs 1,000 crore. At present, Luo Song’s intense questioning by various central agencies continues.