Kozhikode | Shihab, a native of Manjeri, who was arrested in the Ramanattukara gold theft case, has close ties with NDA leaders. Shihab is the state secretary of the Republican Party of India, an NDA affiliate. Shihab was among those who spearheaded the NDA’s campaign in the last Lok Sabha by-elections and the Manjeri Assembly elections.
It is learned that he has close links with BJP National Vice President AP Abdullakutty, who was the NDA candidate in Malappuram. His pictures with Abdullakutty have also been released.
He is accused in two criminal cases, including a murder case. He is also reported to have smuggled gold from Karipur airport. It is reported that the gold led by him was snatched by a team led by Arjun Ayanki and he collaborated with a team led by Koduvalli to retaliate. There are indications that he threatened the swindlers, citing his influence in the NDA.