NIA arrests six extra together with one PFI member in Kerala gold smuggling case

Mukesh Ranjan

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 2

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Sunday mentioned it had made six recent arrests and carried out searches at six places in reference to the Kerala gold smuggling case prior to now seven days.

With six new arrests, the company has to this point arrested ten accused within the case.

Claiming that the company was persevering with its investigation within the case “vigorously”, NIA officers mentioned two accused — Jalal A M of Ernakulam district and Said Alavi Ernakulam of Malappuram district — had been arrested on July 30 “for conspiring with already arrested accused Ramees KT” in smuggling gold by means of diplomatic baggage addressed to the UAE Consulate at Thiruvananthapuram.

On the next day (July 31), two extra accused — Mohammed Shafi and Abdu PT — residents of Malappuram district, had been arrested for enjoying related roles within the crime, they mentioned, including that on August 1, the NIA arrested one other two accused individuals — Muhammad Ali Ebrahim and Muhammad Ali — each residents of Ernakulam district, after investigation revealed that they had been additionally part of the conspiracy moreover aiding and aiding arrested accused Jalal A M in amassing the smuggled gold from Ramees KT at Thiruvananthapuram and distributing the contraband amongst different conspirators.

The investigation additional revealed that Muhammad Ali is a member of the Popular Front of India (PFI) and was earlier charge-sheeted by Kerala Police in a case referring to palm chopping of a professor however was acquitted after a trial in 2015.

“Today, the NIA personnel conducted searches at six places, including the residences of Jalal AM, Rabins Hameed in Ernakulam and Ramees KT, Mohammed Shafi, Said Alavi and Abdu PT in Malappuram district,” mentioned an NIA official.

“During the searches, two hard disks, one tablet PC, eight mobile phones, six SIM cards, one digital video recorder and five DVDs were seized besides various documents, including bank passbooks, credit/ debit cards, travel documents and identity documents of the accused,” the officers mentioned.

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