Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Over 100 kg gold seized from Kannur airport till date

Kannur: Over 100 kg gold was seized from Kannur international airport from the commencement of operation. Apart from this 100 kg of gold, the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence also seized gold from this airport. The officials agreed that multiple quantities of gold would have been smuggled through the airport by cheating the customs and other officials. 
 According to Customs officials, women were the main carriers of gold smuggled through Kannur airport. Usually, the carriers move to Gulf Countries on visit visa and smuggle gold to Kerala on their return trip. It is hinted that gold was smuggled through Kannur airport also for Arjun Aayanki who got arrested over gold smuggling via Kozhikode airport. 
 A few months back, some people kidnapped a former SDPI activist in a COVID ambulance and manhandled him leaving his leg fractured at Iritty. Police have been examining whether this case is linked to gold smuggling. 
 With the interrogation of Arjun Aayanki, the probe team expects to confirm his involvement in gold smuggling via Kannur airport. Usually, gold smuggling through Kannur airport is centred in Dubai. Most of the accused nabbed over gold smuggling till 2020 were Kasaragod natives. But nowadays, most of the carriers are Kannur, Koothuparamba and Nadapuram natives. 
 The highest quantity of gold was seized from Kannur airport on July 12, 2020. 2.5-kg gold worth Rs 1.15 cr was seized from a passenger. This passenger who is a Kasaragod native landed at Kannur airport by Air India Express from Dubai. 1120 gram gold in liquid format was also seized from a Mahe native. Till date, over 200 people were arrested over gold smuggling in Kannur. 
Customs hold the details of the accused and gold smuggling. In 2020, 45 kg gold worth Rs 21.35 cr was seized from the airport. It is reported that customs foiled the bid to smuggle 26 kg gold worth Rs 11.35 cr through Kannur airport this year from January 2021 to May 2021. Meanwhile, 21 kg gold amounting to Rs 7 cr was seized in 2019. Apart from customs, DRI seized over 15 kg of gold from here. It is reported that gold worth Rs 33 cr was seized during the lockdown period. 
30/06/21 Mathrubhumi
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