Gold smuggling case: NIA conducts searches at five locations in Kerala

The NIA conducted searches at five locations in Mallapuram and Kozhikode districts of Kerala.

Gold smuggling case: NIA conducts searches at five locations in Kerala
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New Delhi: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Friday (November 20) conducted searches at five locations in Kerala in connection with the gold smuggling case, wherein 30 Kg gold worth Rs 14.82 crores on July 5 this year. 

"Today (20.11.2020), NIA conducted searches at five locations in Mallapuram and Kozhikode districts of Kerala in the Kerala gold smuggling case pertaining to seizure of 30 Kg gold worth Rs 14.82 Crores on 5th July 2020 at Trivandrum International Airport from the baggage addressed to the UAE Consulate at Thiruvananthapuram," according to the NIA statement.

The probe agency conducted searches at five locations in Mallapuram and Kozhikode districts of Kerala in the gold smuggling case pertaining to the seizure of 30 Kg gold worth Rs 14.82 crores on 5th July 2020 at Trivandrum International Airport from the baggage addressed to the UAE Consulate at Thiruvananthapuram.

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The searches were conducted at the residences of five accused persons, Mohamed Aslam, Abdul Latheef, Nazarudheen Sha, Ramzan P, and Muhammed Mansoor. These persons conspired with the already arrested accused and facilitated the smuggling of gold through import cargo addressed to the UAE Consulate General, and its disposal.

During searches, the NIA also seized several electronic items and documents. So far, 21 accused have been arrested in the case, and the investigation is continued.