Fake currency racketeer with links to Dawood Ibrahim arrested from Delhi airport
In the chargesheet filed by NIA against the accused in has been found that he was collaborating with Dawood Ibrahim's henchman, Aftab Batki, to transport fake currency from Pakistan into India through Gulf, the report added
National Investigative Agency (NIA) Thursday arrested a currency racketeer, who had worked with members of Dawood Ibrahim’s gang, Indian Express reported.
Abdul Salam alias Podi Salam, a resident of Malappuram district in Kerala, was arrested by NIA on arrival at the IGI Airport after being deported from Saudi Arabia. According to the report, Salam was wanted by the NIA in a 2014 case of fake currency seizure worth over Rs 9 lakh at Nedumbassery airport in Kerala.
In the chargesheet filed by NIA against the accused in has been found that he was collaborating with Dawood Ibrahim's henchman, Aftab Batki, to transport fake currency from Pakistan into India through Gulf, the report added.
“Abdul Salam was part of the criminal conspiracy to smuggle high quality counterfeit Indian currency notes to India from UAE and had facilitated smuggling of the contraband through Abid Chullikulavan Hassan. The case is pending trial before the NIA special court at Ernakulum, Kerala,” an NIA statement said.
A case had already been registered against Salam by Kerala Police in January 2013 after customs officials apprehended one Abid Chullikulavan Hassan at Nedumbasserry International Airport with fake currency on January 26. The NIA took over the investigation in July 2014
One of the accused in the case had come in contact with Aftab Batki through an inmate while he was lodged in Mumbai’s Arthur Road jail on charges of narcotics smuggling. Batki drafted him for smuggling of fake currency after he came out of jail. Interestingly, it was the same accused who had tipped off Customs about the consignment of fake currency but was arrested by NIA as he had an active involvement in the racket.