Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai)



NEW DELHI: The National Investigat­ion Agency (NIA) has moved the internatio­nal police organisati­on Interpol seeking a blue notice against Faisal Fareed, a Dubai-based person named as a key accused in the Kerala gold smuggling case that come to light on July 5, officials said. A blue notice is issued to collect additional informatio­n about a person’s identity, location, or activities in relation to a crime. The request for it has been sent after procuring a non-bailable warrant against Fareed, who is one of the four people

It was part of my official duty...,” he said. Meanwhile, Customs officials questioned Sivasankar. Three more people, reported to be buyers of the smuggled gold, were also detained but their details were not disclosed. In the custody applicatio­n for the

NIA has booked for the smuggling.

Fareed is alleged to have forged the UAE embassy’s seal and emblem to ensure diplomatic protection for baggage carrying gold to be used for terror activities, the agency said.

Two other accused, Swapna Suresh and Sandeep Nair, are in NIA custody and are being interrogat­ed. The customs department arrested another accused Sarith PS. A special NIA court in Kochi on Monday sent Suresh and Nair in the agency’s custody for eight days.

arrested, the NIA said a good amount of the funds generated through smuggling was used to finance terror activities. It said 150 kgs of gold was smuggled through Thiruvanan­thapuram airport in the last six months in a similar way.

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