The Kerala Police have arrested four persons suspected to have terror links while investigating a gold theft case at Perumbavoor in Ernakulam. The fact that the kingpin of the gang is a close aide of suspected Lashkar-e-Taiba operative Thadiyantavide Nazeer raised strong suspicion that the gang resorted to burglary to fund terror operations, police said.


A ten-member gang, posing as Vigilance officials, ‘raided’ the house of Siddique at Perumbavoor on Friday and escaped with 60 sovereigns of gold and ₹25,000. The gang searched the house on the pretext that they got a tip off that Siddique had assets disproportionate to his income. They also took custody of the mobile phones and keys to the vehicles before the search.   

  

After a while, they stopped the inspection following a few phone calls apparently from their ‘higher ups.’ Later, they apologized to the family members and stated that the secret information was wrong and left in an Innova car.   



The family grew suspicious and checked the wardrobe only to find that all the gold and money had been stolen and filed a complaint with the local police.


On inquiry, police found that some persons who are enlisted as habitual offenders in the area were missing after the theft. Some of the absconders are listed among the accused in Kalamassery bus burning case, in which Thadiyantavide Nazeer is the prime accused. Nazeer is currently serving life imprisonment in the sensational Kashmir recruitment case in which Keralite youths were allegedly inducted into terror outfits across the border. 

 

Police picked up Ajimz, an alleged accomplice of Nazir, the other day in connection with the burglary.  Three more arrests quickly followed. The arrested are suspected to be involved in the Kashmir recruitment case.   Abdul Halim, one of the arrested, is a close associate of Nazeer, according to police.