Monday, September 07, 2020

Kerala: Two DRI officials hurt in bid to prevent gold smuggling

Kozhikode: Two officials of the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) were injured when members of a gold smuggling racket rammed their car into the motorcycle of the officials in a bid to escape capture while transporting smuggled gold near Calicut International Airport on Sunday morning.
The DRI officials, identified as inspector Albert George and Najeeb, were injured when they tried to stop the car in which the two-member gang was allegedly transporting gold sneaked in through Karipur airport. The two injured officials are under treatment at a private hospital in Kozhikode.
Meanwhile, sources said finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman has enquired about the well-being of the officials and has asked the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) to provide them all medical facilities.
DRI officials took one of the accused, identified as Nissar hailing from Kumaranalloor at Mukkom in Kozhikode district, into custody and also seized around 3kg of gold valued at around Rs 1.6 crore. The police and DRI are on the lookout for the other absconding accused and driver of the vehicle Fazlur Rahman, hailing from Pathanapuram near Areekode in Malappuram district.
Kondotty police have registered a case under section 307 of IPC (attempt to murder) and sections 332 (voluntarily causes hurt to any person being a public servant in discharge of his duty) and 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty) in connection with the incident.
On a tip-off that the duo collected gold sneaked in through Calicut International Airport and was transporting it in a car, a team of six DRI officials from Kozhikode had tried to stop the SUV around 1km away from the airport at 8:30am.
As the DRI team flagged down the duo, the accused hit the motorcycle of the officials. The motorcycle fell on the road and was dragged for around 20 metres. As the car hit the motor cycle, it lost control, hit a tree stump and came to a stop.
Soon, the other DRI officials nabbed Nissar while Fazlur Rahman managed to escape. Around 3kg gold was recovered from the accused.
Also, three cleaning supervisors at the airport have been taken into custody by DRI.
07/09/20 Times of India
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