Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala) – National Investigation Agency (NIA) raised suspicion before Cochin Special Court that, ‘a notorious international terrorist might have connections with the Kerala gold smuggling case’. It is being suspected that the money earned out of gold-smuggling is used for anti-India and terror activities. NIA informed the Court and opposed the bail to the accused. Smuggling of around 30 kg gold was carried out through various mediums in July 2020. This gold was seized at the Thiruvananthapuram airport; the gold was meant to be sent to the UAE consulate.
Some of the accused have connections to Dawood Ibrahim which made them travel to Tanzania several times, NIA informed the Court. Dawood has diamond business in Tanzania and a person named Firoz is handling all his financial affairs there, reports Central Economic Intelligence Bureau (CEIB).