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NIA arrests suspected PFI member in Kerala gold smuggling case

Unearthing a Popular Front of India (PFI) hyperlink to the Kerala gold smuggling scandal, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has arrested a member of the controversial group for aiding the suspected kingpin of the racket, the agency said on Sunday.

Apart from the PFI member recognized as Muhammad Ali, 5 extra suspects have additionally been arrested from Kerala for conspiring with the gold smugglers; raids have been carried out at six locations in Kerala in the previous three days, the NIA said.

Ernakulam resident Ali, arrested on Saturday, is a PFI member and took half in the smuggling racket moreover aiding and aiding an individual named Jalal A M in accumulating the smuggled gold from suspected kingpin Ramees Ok T in Thiruvananthapuram and distributing the contraband amongst different conspirators, deputy inspector normal (DIG) Sonia Narang, who can be the NIA spokesperson, said.

When contacted, PFI’s Kerala state president C P Mohammad Bashir denied that Ali is a PFI member. “He is not associated with us. PFI’s name is being dragged {into the case},” Bashir said.

Ali had been arrested by Kerala police in reference to an assault on July 4, 2010 on professor T Ok Joseph of Newman College, Thodupuzha; he was acquitted n May 2015 for need of proof. The NIA has been investigating the case since 2011 and after his arrest now in the gold smuggling case, officers who didn’t want to be named said they’ll once more probe Ali’s position in the assault.

Joseph was attacked for making ready a query paper that carried allegedly blasphemous content material towards the Prophet. His palm was chopped off through the assault, however was surgically restored. Thirteen folks have been convicted and 17 let off by the NIA court docket in Ernakulam in 2015 in reference to the assault.

NIA is investigating a bigger terror conspiracy in the smuggling of gold in varied districts of Kerala. It is suspected {that a} wider community of terror financing and hawala operations is linked to the smuggling racket.

Apart from Ali, these arrested in last three days embrace Jalal A M and Said Alvi E, residents of Ernakulam and Malappuram respectively. They have been arrested on fees of conspiring with Ramees KT, who had been arrested earlier, and for smuggling gold via diplomatic baggage addressed to the United Arab Emirates consulate in Thiruvananthapuram.

Two extra males, specifically Mohammed Shafi and Abdu PT, each residents of Malappuram district, have been arrested for allegedly enjoying related roles. On Saturday, NIA arrested Muhammad Ali Ebrahim together with Muhammad Ali, each residents of Muvattupuzha, Ernakulam.

The 4 arrested earlier included Swapna Suresh, a former info know-how marketing consultant with the Kerala authorities, and P.Sarith Kumar, who had gone to the Thiruvananthapuram International Airport on July three to choose up a consignment addressed to the UAE consulate. At least 30 kilograms of 24-carat gold — the best high quality — estimated to be value a minimum of Rs 15 crore, have been discovered hidden inside pipes contained in a carton.

Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s highly effective secretary M Sivasankar, a senior Indian Administrative Service officer, has been suspended over his alleged hyperlinks with Suresh. Opposition events have sought the resignation of the CM, saying he was conscious of his secretary’s position in the smuggling racket.

In Delhi, minister of state for exterior affairs V Muraleedharan noticed a one-day quick in his residence on Sunday. “It is sad the CM’s office has turned a hub for anti-national activities. He can’t get away by sacrificing some officials,” he said.

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