Kochi: The Customs Department affirmed that the accused in the gold smuggling case have underworld connections. The Customs probe is also extending to the underworld after the NIA uncovered the links of KT Ramees, the mastermind of the gold smuggling, with the most wanted underworld criminal Dawood Ibrahim.
The NIA, the other day had said that there was a need to probe whether main accused K T Ramees and another accused Sharafudeen Dawood had links with the gang of Dawood Ibrahim. The NIA had recovered pictures of controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik and K T Ramees holding a gun from Swapna Suresh’s mobile phone.
Following this, the customs also came to the conclusion that the accused had an underworld connection.