The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has arrested six more people in the Kerala gold smuggling case. The investigating agency conducted searches at six locations. An official gave this information on Sunday (2 August). The NIA has so far arrested 10 people in connection with the smuggling of gold through diplomatic channels at the UAE consulate in Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of Kerala.
An NIA spokesperson said that on July 30, two accused, Jalal AM of Ernakulam and Saeed Alvi of Malapuram, were arrested for conspiring with arrested accused Ramis KT. Subsequently, on July 31, two more accused in the case were arrested, including Malapuram residents Mohammad Shafi P and Abdu PT.
The NIA on Saturday arrested two more people, including Ernakulam residents Muhammad Ali Ibrahim and Muhammad Ali. Investigation revealed that they were involved in the conspiracy and were helping Jalal AM in taking the smuggled gold from Rama’s tea in Thiruvananthapuram and distributing it among other conspirators. The official said that Muhammad Ali is a member of the Popular Front of India (PFI) and the Kerala Police had earlier filed a charge sheet against him in the case of cutting the palm of a professor, but was acquitted after the trial in 2015.
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