NIA detains two accused in Kerala gold smuggling case

Mukesh Ranjan

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 11

Nearly inside 24 hours of registering a case towards 4 and taking over the probe right into a gold smuggling racket in Kerala, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Saturday detained two accused Swapna Suresh and Sandeep Nair in Bengaluru.

An company spokesperson mentioned, “The two accused – Swapana and Sandeep – have been detained in connection with the Kerala gold smuggling case. They are currently being examined and will be arrested in due course.”

They had been picked up from BTM (Byrasandra, Tavarekere and Madivala) Layout, a neighborhood of Karnantaka’s capital Bengaluru, she mentioned, as they had been hiding there in a lodge.

Yesterday, the NIA had registered an FIR within the alleged gold smuggling racket in Kerala beneath Sections 16, 17 and 18 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967. In its grievance, the NIA recognized the accused as Swapna Suresh, Sarith, Fazil Fareed and Sandeep Nair.

The matter first got here to gentle on July 5 when 30 kg of 24-carat gold price Rs 14.82 crore was seized on the Trivandrum International Airport by Customs. According to the NIA and Customs, the gold was hid in diplomatic baggage from UAE and addressed to the UAE Consulate in Thiruvananthapuram.

Sarith, a former PRO on the UAE consulate was arrested after Kerala Police found that he was presupposed to obtain the package deal. Customs officers additionally discovered that Sarith has acquired a number of such consignments previously.

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