NIA arrests gold smuggling case accused Rabins
Kochi: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) arrested Rabins Hameed, one of the absconding accused in the gold smuggling case, at Kochi airport on Monday. He was deported by the UAE government following Interpol's Blue Corner notice against him.
Rabins, a native of Muvattupuzha, is the key conspirator in the diplomatic baggage gold smuggling at Thiruvananthapuram airport. According to reports, he was leading the UAE centred gold smuggling.
The investigation targeted him after customs seized gold smuggling through diplomatic baggage. Following this, the UAE police arrested him. He was deported to India as per extradition treaty. Obtaining custody of Rabins was a major challenge for the investigation agencies probing the gold smuggling case.
The Air India flight with Rabins onboard landed at Nedumbassery airport around 4.25 pm on Monday. NIA has taken him into custody after completing the formalities at the airport.
Investigations in the case revealed that Rabins, while being in United Arab Emirates (UAE) and India had conspired with the arrested accused Ramees K. T., Jalal A. M. and others, besides arranging funds and purchasing gold at Dubai for smuggling to India through the diplomatic baggage.
The NIA special court at Ernakulam had issued a non-bailable warrant of arrest against Rabins, who is also learnt to have arranged for the concealment of gold in electronics or electrical equipment and household items in the UAE for smuggling the contraband to Thiruvananthapuram through diplomatic baggage.
Rabins will be produced before the special court tomorrow and the NIA will seek his custody. Five people including Faisal Fareed were arrested in UAE over the gold smuggling case. The probe team hopes that these five accused will be deported to Kerala soon. Besides the NIA, ED, DRI, Customs and Income Tax are also part of the investigation.
(With inputs from IANS)