Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Social media campaigner for CPM held in gold smuggling case

Thiruvananthapuram: The Customs department on Monday arrested CPI(M) social media campaigner Arjun Ayanki, also a former Kannur unit secretary of the party’s youth wing DYFI, for alleged connection with the smuggling of 2.23 kg gold from Dubai to Kozhikode.

Last Monday, five men, allegedly hired by smugglers, had died in an accident after an aborted bid to loot the smuggled gold, police had said.

Arjun, who allegedly maintained close links with the smuggling racket, had allegedly gone to Kozhikode airport to receive the smuggled gold from a passenger, who was nabbed by the Customs on arrival.

Arjun’s arrest may come as a major embarrassment for the CPI(M), as the probe appears to lead to a few other CPI(M) and DYFI leaders in Kannur. The car used by Arjun was allegedly owned by DYFI leader, C Sajesh, who is incidentally a gold assayer with a CPI(M)-controlled cooperative bank.

29/06/21 Indian Express

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