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NIA has vital evidence linking smuggling to terrorism .


Kumar Chellapan

KOCHI (July 31)HS: National Investigation Agency, probing the Gold Smuggling busted by the Customs Department at Thiruvananthapuram has reportedly collected vital information and evidences linking the perpetrators of the crime and various terrorist organisations.

T K Ramees, who was held by the Customs from Malappuram in Kerala and who is under the custody of the NIA, is believed to have told the agency during questioning that the returns from the smuggling were diverted to finance terrorist activities of Islamic Jihadists and Maoists, according to sources privy to the interrogation of the former.

Ramees told the interrogators that profit from gold smuggling was diverted to three terrorist organisations. But the sources declined to name the organisations. Swapna and Sandeep had told the investigation agency that gold smuggling was  a means not to make some financial gains but with many other objectives.

NIA has been asked by the special court hearing the bail application moved by Swapna Suresh and Sandeep Nair, the kingpins of the smuggling activity at Thiruvananthapuram, to furnish the case diary linking the smuggling to terrorism on Tuesday when the court is taking up the bail application form.

The duo has questioned the slapping of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) against them which, if proved, would make it difficult for them to get bail for the next one year. The lawyer representing them had told the NIA Court that the charges against Swapna and Sandeep were not tenable.

Hindusthan Samachar