Kanhangad: A wanted criminal, convicted in fake currency cases in India died at a hospital in Ras Al Khaimah, UAE. The deceased was identified as Abdullah Haji (58), a native of Kahangad.
He was the prime convict in the international fake currency dealings. NIA and Crime Branch had found out that Abdullah was a prime link in smuggling fake currencies printed in Pakistan to India via Dubai.
Arrest warrants were issued against him under COFEPOSA Act for smuggling fake currencies worth Rs 20 lakh via Kozhikode airport on April 20, 2007 and fake currencies worth Rs 15 lakh on June 19, 2007.
Earlier, Indian investigating agencies tried to bring him to India many times, but in vain. Known as Muttumthala Haji, he was convicted in the smuggling of 10-tons of silver at Aroor in 1992 and a bank fraud case in Kochi. The CBI was searching for him in connection with the cases.
According to reports, Abdullah was involved in the smuggling of fake currencies worth Rs 31 lakh to Kasaragod in 2012. One-and-a-half-years before that, those arrested in another fake currency case for smuggling Rs 10 lakh counterfeit currency had revealed that the chief conspirator was Abdullah Haji.
In 2008, fake currencies worth Rs 23 lakh were seized at two different places in Kozhikode. After taking over the fake currency cases, the NIA and Crime Branch had sought the help of Interpol to arrest Abdullah Haji.
Infact, he was arrested by the Karnataka police in 2007 in a fake currency case. But, after coming out on bail, Abdullah Haji escaped to Dubai and never returned. He was also imprisoned in Dubai for cheque fraud.