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Suspicion is mounting that a good part of the proceeds from gold smuggling via Calicut Airport is going to extremist outfits operating in the state. What lends credence to the view is the death threats received by two customs officers who have been in the forefront of major gold seizures at the airport. Both the officers, one an Assistant Commissioner and the other a Superintendent of Customs, belong to the Air Intelligence Unit (AIU) of Air Customs at the Calicut International airport. Their individual complaints have been forwarded to the higher ups by the Deputy Commissioner (Air Customs) S Sivaprasad. “We will ensure that police cases are filed through the SP, Malappuram. Both officers have been active in anti-smuggling operations. We also have intelligence inputs about the t...

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