The CBI arraigned five more persons in the Nedumbassery gold smuggling case on Wednesday. They are Mirshad, a close friend of prime accused in the case Fayaz, Fayaz’s brother Faisal, Subair, Abdul and Suhail.
The investigating agency also found that Fayaz, the prime accused in the case, had used more carriers for smuggling gold through Nedumbassery, Karipur and Chennai airports. “Abdul and Suhail were used as carriers for smuggling gold. Subair was the local supplier of gold, whose duty was to collect the gold from the carriers and sell it to jewellers.
“Mirshad was assisting Fayaz to carry out smuggling activities in Dubai and his brother Faisal received the consignment of gold at the airports and handed it over to Subair,” the official said. Mirshad, Abdul and Suhail are suspected to be in Dubai. Faisal and Subair who are in Kerala are absconding.
The CBI has found that apart from smuggling gold with the assistance of Arifa and Asifa on four occasions, Fayaz had smuggled gold using other carriers on two occasions. “Using Abdul and Suhail, he had smuggled gold through Chennai and Karipur airports on two occasions. By offering money and air ticket, Mirshad had managed to get the aid of some NRKs for smuggling,” the CBI official said.
The CBI officials said that they would initiate steps to arrest the five. “Search is on for Faisal and Subair and we will seek the assistance of Interpol to locate Mirshad, Abdul and Suhail,” they said.
Currently, Fayaz, Harris, Arifa and Asifa are detained under Conservation of Foreign Exchange and Prevention of Smuggling Activities Act. They are lodged in Thiruvananthapuram Central Prison.