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Karipur: Customs seized gold weighing 4.65 kilogram from Karipur airport, while attempting to smuggle via air cargo. The smuggled gold valued at Rs 2.55 crore was seized from unaccompanied baggage pieces.
The accused were identified as Kappad native Ismail Kannacherikandy (62) and Malappuram native Abdu Rouf Nanath (30). It has been the biggest gold hunt reported under the air cargo wing of Customs at Karipur airport recently.
Two North Indian natives attempted to send gold from Dubai in the name of Ismail and Abdu Rouf using fake passport copy. Customs found the gold during a detailed examination of the baggages after finding suspicion during the X-ray screening. The gold was placed inside the kitchen appliances sent to the address of Ismail and Abdu Rouf.
Nearly 440 kilograms of cargo were sent from Dubai to the addresses of each of the accused. As many as 17 boxes were there in the name of Ismail and 13 with the address of Abdu Rouf. The cargo arrived in Karipur a week ago.
Ismail and Abdu Rouf were produced in the Mattancherry court and sent on 14 days remand.