Cops book customs official Navas for torturing Fayaz
The Nedumbassery police, as per the directions of the Aluva Judicial First Class Magistrate, have registered a case against Customs Deputy Commissioner S A S Navas on allegations of torturing T K Fayaz after he was arrested in a gold-smuggling case.
The case has been registered under Sections 323 and 506 of the IPC.
Fayaz had submitted a written complaint before the Ernakulam Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate (Economic Offences) against Customs officials over custodial torture when produced after the arrest.
The court forwarded the complaint to the Aluva Judicial First Class Magistrate for further hearing over the incident.
It was after hearing from Fayaz and Customs officials that the court told the police in Nedumbassery to register a case and investigate the matter.
Police officials would interrogate Fayaz and the Customs official in the case soon.
In the petition, Fayaz alleged that Customs officials had stripped him and tortured him mentally. Even, his private parts had been bruised.
Sri Lankan Held
Nedumbassery: A Sri Lankan national who arrived at the airport here from Colombo was detained on Monday on charges of trying to smuggle gold ornaments worth Rs 5 lakh.
Marzook Moideen, 42, who came to Kochi by an Air Lanka flight on Monday, was wearing a heavy silver necklace and bracelet while passing through the green channel. The Customs officials questioned him as they found his behaviour unusual. When questioned it was found that the necklace and the bracelet were silver-covered gold weighing nearly 20 sovereigns.
The officials said that he was detained as he had no money to pay duty. Marzook was handed over to the police officers for further procedures.