Arjun Ayanki | Photo: www.facebook.com|rjun.aayanki
Kochi: Smuggler Arjun Aayanki, the key suspect in the Ramanattukara gold smuggling case, appeared before the Customs officials for interrogation. He appeared before the Kochi Customs and Preventive office along with his advocate.
A car which is suspected to be used by Arjun Aayanki was spotted in a forest area on the hilltop opposite to Pariyaram medical college on Sunday. The number plate of the car has been removed.
The police have been searching for the car as it is an evidence in Ramanattukara accident and gold smuggling. The car was spotted neat Azheekkal port three days ago and it went missing later. It is suspected that the number plate was removed so that it would not be identified by people.
Pariyaram medical college police took the car into custody and shifted to the station. The car was owned by former DYFI leader C Sajesh. It was found out that Arjun Ayanki has been using this car for his criminal activities. As the number plate was removed, the police identified the car by examining its engine number and chassis number.
It is learnt that Arjun Ayanki has been using the car since the day it was bought. The police confirmed that the car was spotted at Karipur airport and it was used by Arjun Ayanki.
Customs have information that Arjun Ayanki was involved in smuggling activities many times. The customs want to find out how many times he was involved in this smuggling activities and how much of gold was smuggled.
The Customs also wanted to know if any other persons are involved along with him. The customs will be interrogating him in detail over this. It is learnt that Arjun Ayanki was into this illegal deal for over 20 times.
Meanwhile, an old photo of Arjun Aayanki standing with CPM leaders is being circulated on social media. The party had informed that Arjun has been ousted from DYFI earlier itself.