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Gold smuggling: Customs question Thrikkakara league leader

Kochi: Thrikkakara Municipal Vice Chairman and League chief AA Ibrahimkutty is being questioned by Customs in a gold smuggling case. The interrogation occurred on the Kochi customs workplace. AA Ibrahimkutty was summoned after giving discover. Ibrahimkutty’s son Shabin and producer Sirajuddin are additionally absconding. Shab’s passport was confiscated by customs.

A customs raid was carried out at Ibrahimkutty’s home yesterday in an incident the place he tried to smuggle gold by hiding in a meat reducing machine. Customs seized a laptop computer and some paperwork from the home. The customs preventive group from Kochi inspected the home of Ibrahimkutty, vice chairman of the company. Excise believes his son Shab is concerned in gold smuggling. He and his household at the moment are in hiding.

The boy’s son of Ibrahim is claimed to be the accused within the case. Customs mentioned extra could possibly be mentioned provided that Shab was questioned. Customs additionally raided Shab’s driver’s residence in Kalamassery. Ibrahim is the constituency and district chief of the Kutty League. The gold was seized on the Nedumbassery airport final day. The gold hidden machine was within the cargo from Dubai. Customs had acquired info that the gold was despatched by Sirajuddin. The one who got here to gather the cargo was taken into excise custody. The investigation was primarily based on info acquired from him.

The machine got here within the identify of Thrikkakkara Thuruthel Enterprises. Shabin is the associate of this firm. The gold was extracted by reducing with a cutter because the machine couldn’t be opened. 4 small and huge gold nuggets weighing about two and a half kilograms had been recovered from the machine. Though the machine was available in India, the customs cargo was scrutinized intimately as there have been doubts as to why it was imported.

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