NIA Traces Links To Dawood Ibrahim In Kerala Gold Smuggling Case
The investigating agency presented to a court that fugitive terrorist Dawood may be involved in this case, adding that the smuggling proceeds were used against India for anti-national activities
In a sensational development in the Kerala gold smuggling case, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has hinted at the possibility of most-wanted terrorist Dawood Ibrahim’s involvement. During the agency’s submission to a court in Kochi, it said that the illegal trade business was used for conspiracy against India and for funding terror activities.
The matter came to light in July, when around 30 kilograms of gold was seized from the Trivandrum airport through a diplomatic piece of luggage that was to be delivered to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Consulate. Several suspects, including two former members of the UAE embassy in Thiruvanantapuram have been arrested. The probing team opposed the bail plea of the fifth accused Rameez as he had allegedly made several trips to Tanzania, where Dawood is known to have business links.
According to the NIA, since November 2019, gold has been smuggled through this diplomatic route at least 21 times.
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