UAE consulate former female staff is brain behind diplomatic baggage gold smuggling case
Thiruvananthapuram: The key conspirator in the case where gold was smuggled into Kerala through diplomatic baggage addressed to the UAE consulate is a former women employee at the consulate.
The accused identified as Swapna Suresh was an executive secretary at the UAE consulate and is absconding. The Customs department has intensified the search to nab her.
It is learned that Swapna along with Sarith, who is under custody, were spearheading the smuggling operations. The duo was reportedly earning up to Rs 2 lakh in each transaction. They had smuggled gold in similar fashion earlier also.
At present, Swapna is working as an operational manager at KSIT under the IT Department.
Customs officials at the Thiruvananthapuram international airport had seized 30 kg of gold from the diplomatic baggage addressed to the UAE consulate on Sunday. The baggage was supposed to contain food items. Growing suspicious, customs officials checked the baggage after getting permission from the Ministry of External Affairs.
Following this, the customs officials took Sarith, who was known to the PRO at the UAE consulate, into custody. However, investigations revealed that Sarith was no longer an employee at the consulate.
Sarith, who had worked there, had been dismissed. However, he continued to contact people introducing himself as the PRO at the consulate. It is learned that Sarith had accepted many baggages addressed to the UAE consulate from the airport.