The Hindu, Jan 01 2011Trail of funds drawn illegally in Malaysia under scrutiny
Six persons who were arrested by the Uttara Kannada police at Bhatkal on
the charges of possessing 32 fake passports are being questioned
whether any terror group had taken their help to carry out attacks
On a tip-off from Central intelligence agencies, the District Criminal
Investigation Bureau (DCIB) arrested Mohammad Yunus Ali, Sajjid Ahmad,
Mohammmad Saddiq, Mohammad Yusuf Misba, Yunus Saleem Misba, and Mohammad
Gous Meera. All are residents of Bhatkal and returned from Malaysia on
Saturday. Two other accused, Muhammad Saleem of Bangalore and Ashish
Agarwal of Mumbai, are missing.
Sources said the six persons were taken into custody by the Malaysian
police in Kuala Lumpur in August last on the charges of possessing fake
passports. They also faced charges of drawing about Rs. 200 crore from a
bank there in a fraudulent name. They were kept in a Malaysian jail for
more than four months. It is alleged a major part of the money was
transferred to the UAE and India through Bangladesh.
The Indian intelligence agencies were monitoring the movement of
Mohammad Yunus alias ‘Dollar' Yunus, who is said to be the mastermind
behind the crimes committed in Malaysia. Mohammad Yunus, who was running
a cyber café at Bhatkal few years ago, closed it after he suffered
losses. Then he reportedly started a business in ‘collaboration' with a
Malaysian company and had been frequently visiting Malaysia. He is said
to have acquired considerable wealth in a short period and the police
are trying to find out what business he was engaged in.
Investigators are trying to find out whether the gang helped Riyaz
Bhatkal and his brother Iqbal Bhatkal to escape from India by creating
fake passports. They are also probing whether the funds withdrawn by the
accused in Malaysia were transferred to any terror organisation, such
as the Indian Mujahideen.
Speaking to The Hindu, Raman Gupta, Superintendent of Police,
Uttara Kannada, said the police had just begun the investigation and
more time was required to arrive at any conclusion. He said India had
issued a ‘look out' notice against all the eight accused and based on
that the DCIB has arrested them. The accused had committed the crime in
Malaysia and the fake passports were in the possession of the Malaysian
Asked about the alleged link of Yunus with the Bhatkal brothers who are
wanted by the Indian police for terror activities, Mr. Gupta said the
allegation was being probed.