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By NewsGram Staff Writer

India has escalated diplomatic pressure to get a key accused, Abdullah Haji, in fake currency notes smuggling racket, deported from United Arab Emirates.

Haji was imprisoned in UAE for allegedly being a part of the global union involved in smuggling with the help of Pakistan-based Iqbal Kana.

Kerala police had registered a case against Haji, which was later transferred to the National Investigation Agency (NIA).

The NIA has accused that Haji supplied fake currency notes worth Rs 24.16 lakhs in 2010 that were seized by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence from a passenger at Kochi Airport.

The deportation of Abdullah Haji is a major step- up for the Indian agencies in the fake currency racket case.

The Economic Times reported one of the officials as saying that if they get to interrogate Haji, they will get deeper insight into the international racket that has “thrived with the support of Pakistan’s ISI and gangster Dawood Ibrahim.”

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Fruit Bats Identified As Source Of Nipah Virus Outbreak In Kerala
Fruit Bats Identified As Source Of Nipah Virus Outbreak In Kerala. (IANS)

Fruit bats were the source of Nipah virus which created havoc in Kerala’s Kozhikode in May according to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), an official said on Tuesday.

Kerala Health Secretary Rajiv Sadanandan said that tests of the first batch of 21 bats were were negative, but the second set of tests done on 55 fruit bats from Kozhikode confirmed that the nocturnal mammals were behind the spread.

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