KERALA

Accused in counterfeit currency cases remanded

Staff Reporter

KOCHI: The main accused in many counterfeit currency cases was remanded in judicial custody till December 3 by the Ernakulam Additional Sessions Court 6 on Monday. He had been absconding for nine years, the police said.

The Ernakulam Crime Branch Crime Investigation Department’s Special Investigation Group II said it arrested Mohammedali, 58, alias Velli Kunjani, at Mannarkkad in Palakkad on Sunday. The group had put his house there under surveillance on getting information that he had been visiting it often.

The police said cases had been pending against him in Mumbai and Bangalore and at Thampanoor in Thiruvananthapuram, Ottapalam, Tirurangadi, Thalassery, Sultan Bathery, Vazhikadavu, Kozhikode Nadakavu and Kasba police stations in the State. The Special Investigation Group was investigating 13 cases of printing counterfeit currency registered against him at Hill Palace, Thrikkakkara, Chavakkad and Kunnamkulam police stations. The police said he had been hiding at various places in Mysore, Bangalore and Mumbai after investigations started in many cases. His role came to light on interrogating other accused.

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