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NIA investigating the terror tangent in the Kerala gold smuggling case stated that it suspected the link of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim’s gang in the sensational racket. The agency said that there were some intelligence inputs in relation to the supposed used of proceeds from the smuggling which were done for the anti-national and anti-terrorism activities. It further added that for the further detailed investigation of the case, the detention of all the accused in the judicial custody up to 180 days is a must.

Moreover, the central agency said that all the accused arrested bail applications in connection to the case through diplomatic channels will be denied and expressed strong opposition. The agency claimed that one of the arrested, Ramees was attempting to start a diamond business in Tanzania and after that was planning to obtain a gold license in Tanzania. Ramees further confessed that he had brought gold from Tanzania and sold them in UAE.

He claimed that the US Department of Treasury previously had vividly mentioned about his gang’s activities in Africa and on Dawood fact sheet. In a report mentioning the suspected link needed to be investigated, the agency stated that all the news already had specifically mentioned the diamond business of Dawood in Tanzania which is managed by his associate “Feroz”, who is considered a south Indian by the intelligence department.

The agency stated that the CEIB, the apex court for economic agencies in India had already sent a report regarding terrorism and other anti-national activities to the Director-General of NIA during October 2019. Reportedly, the insiders found out by the agency are submitted to the Court in a confidential form. The facts that are now surfacing regarding the charges under Sections 17 and /or 18 of the UAPA Act against the accused is guiding the agency in a detailed and scrutinized investigation. 

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