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NIA furnishes to court proof of gold smuggling-terrorist links .


Kumar Chellappan

Kochi, Aug 03 (HS) With 24 hours to go for the hearing of the bail application moved by Swapna Suresh and Sandeep Nair, the kingpins of the gold smuggling that rocked Kerala politics, in a Special Court in Kochi, the National Investigation Agency probing the case delivered a punch on Sunday by filing a report making it clear that the gold smuggling has links to Islamic terrorists operating from the State.

The NIA arrested two persons from Kochi on Sunday and that include Mohammed Ali, the Popular Front leader who was one of the accused in the chopping of hand of Prof T J Joseph, the head of the department of Malayalam in a Catholic Church-run college in Thodupuzha.

The right hand of Prof Joseph was chopped off by the PFI activists alleging blasphemy against him. Mohammed Ali, the 24thaccused was acquitted by the court following the ‘failure’ of the prosecution (Kerala Government) to furnish foolproof evidence against him.

Mohammed Ali and his friend Mohammed Ali Ibrahim were picked up by the NIA following the lead given by K T Ramees, the Malappuram based businessman, that the Alis were the links between the smuggling racket and the end users. Both the Alis used to procure smuggled gold from the syndicate being run by Ramees. The proceedings of the purchase and sale were used to finance terrorist activities from Kanyakumari to Kashmir, said sources in NIA. There are enough proof with the NIA which links the diversion of funds from smuggling to the protests and demonstrations against Citizenship Amendment Bill that shook the nation in January 2020.

The report filed by the NIA in the Special Court follows judge Sreekumar’s directive to the former to furnish evidence to justify the slapping of sections under UAPA  against the accused which would make them ineligible for bail. The court is scheduled to hear the bail application on Tuesday.

Hindusthan Samachar