The NIA officials have arrested 7 people in this case so far and took them into custody. A spokesperson said that the two men were in telephonic contact with other Indian gold smugglers based in Saudi Arabia.
In November 2017, Abdul Samad allegedly collected Rs. 3.5 lakh from hawala operators in Muzaffarnagar, to deliver it to Shaikh Abdul Naeem, an active LeT terrorist, officers say.
Shaikh had apparently established bases in Bihar, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir, on the orders of his handlers in Pakistan, the NIA said.
Shaikh has disclosed, during questioning, that he had stayed in Pulwama, scouted various places took photographs for terror related operations.