Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Police get proof of gold heist plan

Kozhikode: Police investigating the case of intended robbery against the eight accused hailing from Cherupulassery who had followed the car involved in the road accident that left five passengers of the vehicle dead at Ramanattukara on Monday got evidence, including voice clips from the mobile phones of the accused, showing their alleged involvement in a plan to get away with the smuggled gold.Malappuram district police chief S Sujith Das, who reviewed the progress of the probe at Karipur police station on Tuesday, said that the accused had come to provide protection to the ‘carrier’ who had arrived at the airport with smuggled gold.

Police suspect that multiple gangs had reached Karipur airport in the early hours of Monday to lay hands on the smuggled gold. Customs had seized 2.33kg of gold from a passenger identified as Muhammed Shafeeq, who arrived at the airport from Dubai at 2.30am on Monday, which according to Customs was planned to be handed over to a team from Kannur. Also, investigation is on to find out whether the arrested accused was involved in smuggling of another consignment of contraband gold sneaked in through the airport.

The eight accused who were arrested under IPC section 399 (making preparation to commit dacoity) were remanded in custody on Tuesday by Nilambur court. The accused have been identified as Cherali Faisal, 24, Shanid, 32, M Suhail, 24, V Musthafa, 26, Nadakkal Fayaz, 29, Hassan,35, Saleem, 28 and Nadakkal Mubasheer, 27.

“We have booked them under sections involving preparation of robbery as we have got clear evidence including voice clips for actions in this regard. They had come to favour gold smuggling and to help take it from one place to another place,” Sujith Das said.

Five people who had come to Karipur along with the arrested accused in another vehicle were killed when their car collided with a cement-laden truck at Ramanattukara at 4.45am on Monday.

Police are also on the lookout for the remaining two people who were part of the 15-member team from Cherupulassery who had come in three vehicles.

23/06/21 Times of India

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