Same centres helped gold smuggling accused, suspected IS sympathisers flee India
Kollam: Investigations have thrown light on a murky coalition between gold smuggling, ISIS and induced conversions in the state. Intelligence agencies have reported that the same centres must have helped the IS sympathisers and law elusive gold smugglers. Most of these people had escaped via Iran and investigations are on to find out if the huge amount of money amassed through the gold smuggling business has been used to induce people into conversions.
Three culprits from two cases related to the gold smuggling racket that operated through the Nedumbassery airport are still at large. These three, P A Faisal (Muvattupuzha), Tariq Muhammad (Edappally) and Nibu Mathew Varghese (Kaloor) have been charged under Cofeposa Act and are expected to have moved to Dubai through a mysterious route through Iran.
P A Faisal has been charged for smuggling in 2000 kg of gold in the last two years through the Nedumbassery airport. His brother, Noushad, and eight other culprits are still at the Pujappura central jail. They were captured last October. Tariq and Nibu are wanted in the cases relating to smuggling of 126 kg of gold using an Irish national living in Dubai, Andrew Edwin Minihan.