Faisal hatched dummy bag plan, 230 kg gold smuggled till date
Kochi: Faisal Fareed who was arrested in Dubai in connection with the gold smuggling case, will be brought to India soon. National Investigation Agency team probing the case had found that Faisal was the master brain behind the dummy run. As per reports, Faisal has confessed the same to Dubai police during interrogation.
The dummy run was conducted in June last year. As the dummy bags sent along with diplomatic baggage, was not seized, the gang started sending gold similarly. 230 kg of gold, over 20 times, has been smuggled from Dubai to Kerala.
Swapna Suresh and PS Sarith were experienced in handling clearance of diplomatic baggage and Faisal too was very careful. He was the one who came up with the dummy bag experiment. The bag was prepared in such a way that it could not be detected in the scanner at the airport and with fake stickers and seal of UAE. As the bag was successfully taken out of Thiruvananthapuram airport, the gang derived confidence to repeat it, but with real gold.
Initially, the amount of gold smuggled was lesser which gradually increased. When the gold was seized by Customs on July 5, 2020, the bag carried 30 kg of gold. During the previous attempts in June, 9 kg and 18 kg gold were smuggled twice, according to NIA.