Saturday, July 18, 2020

Gold smuggling case: Swapna, Sandeep taken to Thiruvananthapuram for evidence collection

Thiruvananthapuram: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Saturday took the gold smuggling case accused, Swapna Suresh and Sandeep Nair, to Thiruvananthapuram for evidence collection.

The sleuths took Swapna first to her flat at an apartment complex in Ambalamukku, while Sandeep was taken to his residence opposite Swapna's flat.

They were also taken to the flat rented by them at Heather Towers near the Secretariat and various places they had gathered in the city. Swapna was later taken to her previous residence at PTP Nagar.

The NIA officers took the accused from Kochi early on Saturday. Swapna and Sandeep were taken to the spots separately by the team.

Meanwhile, Customs officers raided the shop, Carbon Doctor, of Sandeep at Nedumangad.

Highly placed sources said that evidence collected from various places “clearly suggests the role of some powerful persons” of the state in the smuggling of the yellow metal.

The NIA had on Saturday taken into custody Swapna and Sandeep, both of whom were on the run, in connection with the bid to smuggle over 30 kg of gold using diplomatic channels through the Thiruvananthapuram international airport.
18/07/20 New Indian Express
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