KOZHIKODE: Indian Union Muslim League on Wednesday found itself in the midst of another controversy with another photo of wanted gold smugglers along with Muslim Youth League state president Munavarali Shihab Thangal going viral on social media.
In the photo which has been widely circulated, Munavarali Shihab Thangal is seen along with gold smugglers, Shahbaz and Karat Faizal, who are wanted in connection with Karipur airport gold smuggling case registered by Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI).
The photo was reportedly taken during the inauguration of a jewelry showroom owned by Shahbaz and Karat Faizal at Koduvally in Kozhikode.
The showroom was inaugurated by Munavarali Shihab Thangal.
The latest photo has surfaced at a time when other photos of Koduvally-based wanted gold smuggler Abul Laiz along with Left Democratic Fund (LDF) independent MLAs– P T A Rahim and Karat Razack, Kozhikode DCC president T Siddique and Muslim Youth League state general secretary P K Firoz had gone viral.
The nexus of Koduvally-based gold smugglers with political leaders in the state snowballed into a major issue when the Koduvally CPM local committee used a Mini Cooper car of Karat Faizal for CPM state secretary Kodiyeri Balakirshnan to travel in the procession organised as part of LDF's Jana Jagratha Yatra at Koduvally in Kozhikode district.