4,500 kg of gold smuggled to India in containers as brass scrap
Kochi: More shocking information is coming in connection with the country’s largest gold smuggling case involving Perumbavoor natives. DRI investigation report revealed that the smuggled gold was brought to India from Sharjah Industrial area in containers.
The shocking information was revealed in ‘Perumbavoorile Swarnna Rajakanmar’ (Gold Kings of Perumbavoor) a series of investigations held by Mathrubhumi News. The gold was smuggled under the leadership of Nissar Aliyar.
From February 2017 to March 2019, Nissar Aliyar and his gang smuggled 4,500 kilograms of gold to India via different sea ports. The DRI’s investigation regarding how Nissar managed to evade customs and other officials led to the shocking revelations.
Nissar has a godown in Sharjah industrial area. It is here that Nissar smuggles gold into the containers carrying brass scrap. To prevent detection, the gold is changed into different shapes that resemble brass scrap. Also, the precious yellow metal is coated with thick black paint. The gold is kept in special compartments along with the brass scrap. The disguise was so effective that not even X-ray machines at ports could find out the gold.
Nissar Aliyar and his gang used the documents of Blue Sea Metals, a company based at Jamnagar in Gujarat for smuggling the gold. Once it reaches Jamnagar, the yellow metal is cleaned and transported to various distribution centres including Kerala in trucks.
A DRI team seized 150 kilograms of gold from one such truck and the following investigation led them to Nissar Aliyar.