Kerala Gold smuggling case: NIA arrests key accused

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Thiruananthpuram: The NIA on Monday 26 October arrested fugitive Rabins K. Hameed, 42, resident of Muvattupuzha, Ernakulam district, Kerala in RC-02/2020/NIA/KOC (Kerala Gold
Smuggling Case), following his arrival at Kochi International Airport from Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

The case relates to the seizure of 30 Kg gold worth Rs. 14.82 crores on 5th July, 2020 at Air Cargo
of Trivandrum International Airport by Customs (Preventive) Commissionerate, Cochin, from the
diplomatic baggage.

Investigation in the case has revealed that Rabins Hameed (A-10), while being in UAE and India
had conspired with the arrested accused Ramees K. T. (A-5), Jalal A. M. (A-6) and others besides arranged
funds and purchased gold at Dubai, for smuggling to India, through diplomatic baggage. The NIA Special
Court at Ernakulam had issued non-bailable warrant of arrest against the fugitive Rabins Hameed (A-10).
He is also learnt to have arranged for the concealment of gold in electronics or electrical equipment and
household items in the UAE, for smuggling the contraband to Thiruvananthapuram, through diplomatic
baggage.

The arrested accused will be produced before the Special Court and his NIA custody sought.

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