Gold smuggling accused reveals he was paid 1000 dirhams for each deal
Thiruvananthapuram: The statement given by the main accused Sunilkumar in the Thiruvananthapuram gold smuggling case has been made public. In the statement given to the police Sunilkumar had revealed that he was offered 1000 dirhams for each dealing.
Sunil said 2 more persons - Arjun and Uma were involved in smuggling gold. Gold smuggling accused Vishnu had advised him to exit the airport immediately if they spot any suspicious movements in the airport. Sunilkumar is a close relative of Prakashan Thampi, who was a close friend of Balabhaskar. Arrested Sunil is Prakashan Thampi’s uncle’s son. Sunil was nabbed by the DRI when he tried to transport Serina’s bag containing 25 kg of gold out of the airport. Serina Shaji was arrested in connection with the case. All this was said by Sunilkumar in his statement to the police.
Sunilkumar had told DRI that he first visited Dubai in November 2018 on a tourist visa. He befriended the key accused Vishnu through Prakashan Thampi. Sunil’s visa was arranged by Prakashan Thampi and Vishnu and they had planned to open a cafeteria in Dubai.
It was Vishnu who told Sunilkumar that smuggling gold could fetch large profits. Beleiving his words, Sunil too got involved in this. In the beginning, he used to go as escort. Every time he was given 1000 dirhams for this. Every time any kind of suspicion was noticed, he was directed to exit the airport as early as possible and assistance would be provided by their supporting staff.
On the day Sunilkumar was arrested, Vishnu had contacted him when the flight landed. On the instruction given by Vishnu only, Sunil tried to take Serina’s bag and exit the airport. He was nabbed by the DRI officials at the exit gate when he tried to get out in a hurry.