KOCHI: The Nationwide Investigation Company (NIA) on Wednesday made yet another arrest within the Kerala gold smuggling case during which round 167 kg of gold had been introduced from the UAE utilizing diplomatic baggage on 21 events in 2019 and 2020.
The central company arrested Muhammad Mansoor often known as Manju, aged 36, a local of Kallurutty close to Thiruvambady, Kozhikode. He’s the thirty fifth accused within the case.
Mansoor arrived at Kochi airport on a flight from Dubai on Wednesday morning and was intercepted by immigration officers after a lookout discover was issued in opposition to him. Later NIA officers arrived on the airport and recorded his arrest earlier than taking him to the NIA workplace in Kochi.
“He assisted in procuring the gold and dispatching it to Kerala. We arraigned him as accused primarily based on the assertion of a witness within the case. He was in Dubai for greater than a 12 months. He can reveal names of individuals who aided him in Dubai,” an NIA official stated.
There are additionally studies that Mansoor returned to Kerala to give up earlier than the NIA. Nonetheless, the NIA is but to substantiate this.
The NIA will search his custody after producing him earlier than the NIA courtroom in Kochi quickly. That is the twenty second arrest made by NIA within the gold smuggling case. The NIA had filed a cost sheet in opposition to 20 accused individuals within the case in January this 12 months. As many as six individuals who’re wished within the case are nonetheless absconding and most of them are believed to be within the UAE.