Some Indian extremists were prepared to use any means to damage British rule in India – even, as in the case of Abdul Mohammed, to the extent of enlisting as a spy for Japan in the Second World War.

In 1938 Mohammed went to Malaysia and four years later joined the “illegal” Indian National Army based in Japanese controlled Malaysia, which was dedicated to the overthrow of British power in India using the support of Japan.

Mohammed was given an intelligence assignment and sent back to India by Japanese submarine. He landed on the Calicut coast early in 1942 but was detected and arrested by the British authorities. He was charged with spying for the enemy, sentenced to death and hanged on Friday, September 10th, 1943, in Madras Prison. He was 26 years old