Dawood hyperlink to gold smuggling case: NIA

Kochi, October 15

In a major development in the Kerala gold smuggling case, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has found links between one of the accused and India’s most-wanted underworld don Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar and his gang.

The NIA has revealed that one of the accused visited Tanzania, where the 1993 Mumbai accused has a vast network, to launch his diamond business and smuggle firearms.

The submissions were made by the agency in a special NIA court here.

“KT Ramees and M Sharafuddin visited Tanzania on several occasions and met one of Dawood’s aides Feroze ‘Oasis’ and discussed ways to smuggle firearms into the country,” an NIA official said.

The official said Ramees visited Tanzania first in 2016 to start a diamond business there. He then also smuggled one kilogramme gold from Tanzania to the UAE in 2017. Ramees was caught with 13 revolvers at the Kozhikode airport in November 2019. — IANS

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