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NIA Arrests Accused in Kerala Gold Smuggling Case in Thiruvananthapuram Upon Arrival from Dubai

<p>An official said on Wednesday that the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has detained an accused in the case of smuggling gold via diplomatic luggage upon his arrival at the Thiruvananthapuram airport from Dubai.<img decoding=”async” class=”alignnone wp-image-192131″ src=”https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/theindiaprint.com-cm-chouhan-congress-is-just-dealing-with-public-outrage-and-is-nowhere-in-the-madh.jpg” alt=”theindiaprint.com cm chouhan congress is just dealing with public outrage and is nowhere in the madh” width=”1300″ height=”836″ srcset=”https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/theindiaprint.com-cm-chouhan-congress-is-just-dealing-with-public-outrage-and-is-nowhere-in-the-madh.jpg 280w, https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/theindiaprint.com-cm-chouhan-congress-is-just-dealing-with-public-outrage-and-is-nowhere-in-the-madh-150×96.jpg 150w” sizes=”(max-width: 1300px) 100vw, 1300px” title=”NIA Arrests Accused in Kerala Gold Smuggling Case in Thiruvananthapuram Upon Arrival from Dubai 12″></p>
<p>Ratheesh, a Kannur local, was a runaway member of the group that smuggled enormous amounts of gold into India via diplomatic routes between 2019 and 2020, according to the agency.</p>
<p>He was arrested on Tuesday upon his arrival in the UAE from Dubai, according to an NIA official.</p>
<p>The NIA had charged 20 suspects on January 5, 2021, and had initiated a search for six of the gang members who had fled, including Ratheesh.</p>
<p>According to the NIA’s investigation, Ratheesh, a friend of the charged defendant Hamsath Abdu Salam, had carried the smuggled gold from Thiruvananthapuram to Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu for sale.</p>
<p>On July 5, 2020, at the Thiruvananthapuram airport, a shipment of gold weighing 30 kg and valued at Rs 14.82 crore was discovered inside of luggage intended to a senior diplomat stationed in Kerala’s state capital.</p>
<p>According to the agency, an investigation was being conducted.</p>

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