An aide of a suspected Lashkar-e-Toiba militant, Tadiyantavide Nazir, is among a dozen people suspected to be involved in a heist at a businessman’s house in Ernakulam last week.
Posing as Vigilance officials, the gang allegedly stole 60 sovereigns of gold and Rs 50,000 in cash from the businessman’s house in Perumbavoor on Friday.
Police have identified Abdul Haleem, who is accused in many cases of extremist activities, as the main suspect in the robbery.
On Monday, the police arrested three persons, who allegedly provided logistical support for the crime. Haleem was taken into custody, but his arrest has not been recorded yet.
Haleem is an accused in a bus burning case in Kochi, in which Nazir too was involved. The NIA has chargesheeted them but trial is yet to begin.
In 2012, the NIA acquitted Haleem in a case related to twin blasts in Kozhikode.
Haleem was also allegedly involved in two looting cases. “In the first case of 2008, Haleem was working in association with Nazir. They wanted to raise money for extremist activities. Recruitment of Kerala youths for training in Kashmir happened after the heist in 2008,’’ a police source said.