The election results had been declared. It was a total washout. The new cabinet was to be sworn in a few days.
Mr Labhalu sat in the large veranda contemplating how to transfer his hard earned money out of the country. He dialed the hawala-expert a number of times – the number you are trying to reach is not responding.
‘He is not responding’, he told his wife who sat peeling raw mangoes for making his favorite pickles.
‘Arre, there would be other hawala-experts’, she retorted unconcernedly.
‘Focus on the problem here – it is three-hundred crore rupees in cash’, he whispered. ‘A trustworthy hawala-expert is difficult to find and who will deliver such a large stash – the governmental security and guards have all left for their new postings’.
‘So, what shall we do now?’
‘I shall go to Hazi’s house at dusk, it is quite likely that he does not want to do this for free as I am no longer in power – a few millions loss for his fees’. Labhalu said.
Labhalu found a pair of boots strung from the entrance and a police-jeep parked across the road. Hazi’s house was locked.
Hawala is a method of transferring money without any actual movement. One definition from Interpol is that Hawala is “money transfer without money movement.
Crore ~ Ten million.