Kerala gold smuggling case: NIA makes 6 arrests; mobile phones, DVRs, documents seized during raids

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Updated: Aug 02, 2020 6:52 PM

Kerala gold smuggling case: It was reported that during these searches, the NIA seized two hard disks, one tablet PC, eight mobile phones, six SIM cards, one Digital Video Recorder (DVR), and five DVDs.

Kerala, Gold smuggling case, Kerala Gold smuggling, Thiruvananthapuram, IAS M Sivasankar, principal secretary to Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, Pinarayi Vijayan, gold smuggling case, Poojappura, Dr Vishwas Mehta, Swapna Suresh, Sandeep Nair, Sarith, UAE consulate, National Investigation Agency, KT Jaleel, Ramzan, Consumerfed, Kerala State Co-operatives Consumers Federation Ltd, EdappalKerala gold smuggling case accused Swapna Suresh and Sandeep Nair (both in middle) after they were arrested by the National Investigation Agency in Bengaluru, Karnataka. (Courtesy: PTI Photo)

Kerala gold smuggling case: Continuing their probe into the Kerala gold smuggling case, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Sunday made six more arrests, officials told PTI.

Apart from the six arrests, NIA also conducted searches at six places this week, reported ANI.

The report added that on Sunday, the NIA conducted searches at the residences of accused Jalal AM and Rabins Hameed in Ernakulam, and Ramees KT, Mohammed Shafi, Said Alavi and Abdu PT in Malappuram.

It was also reported that during these searches, the NIA seized two hard disks, one tablet PC, eight mobile phones, six SIM cards, one Digital Video Recorder (DVR), and five DVDs.

Besides, the investigating agency also recovered various documents including bank passbooks, credit and debit cards, travel documents and IDs of the accused. So far, NIA has arrested 10 accused in the case, ANI reported.

PTI reported that the NIA has so far arrested 10 people in the Kerala gold smuggling case which involved the smuggling of gold through diplomatic baggage addressed to the UAE consulate in Kerala capital Thiruvananthapuram.

Since NIA took over the probe on July, it has registered a case against four people. This includes the key suspect — Swapna Suresh — for her alleged involvement in smuggling 30 kg gold worth Rs 14.82 crore in a diplomatic baggage in  Kerala, said PTI.

More details awaited.

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