Wanted for fake currency, ‘Dawood aide’ held in Dubai


An alleged aide of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, Mannuparambil Abdul Majeed, 53, reported to be behind the circulation of Fake Indian Currency Notes (FICN) from Gulf countries to Kerala, was detained in Dubai recently. Officials said a team of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) is going to Dubai on December 4 to bring him to India.

Sources said Majeed was detained in Dubai based on a red corner notice issued by Interpol on NIA's request. He is alleged to be linked to the seizure of fake notes with a face value of Rs 72.5 lakh in 2008. The notes were seized from one Muhammad Alshad of Thrissur, who had just returned from the UAE.

In 2011, the NIA took over the case after officials suspected terror links. According to NIA, Majeed, originally from Malappuram, has been living in Dubai for the last few years. "From the interrogation of suspects, we linked the circulation of FICN in Kerala to Majeed. He has also been facilitating money to terror groups trying to make inroads into Kerala," said a top NIA official. The fake notes are reported to have originated from Quetta in Pakistan.

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