Gold smuggling gang abducted Irshad from Wayanad lodge, say police

Kozhikode: It has come to light that Irshad, a Kozhikode native suspected to be killed by a gold smuggling gang, had stayed in a lodge at Vythiri in Wayanad just before he went missing. The lodge owner said that Shameer, Irshad's friend, booked a room on June 2 and Irshad was taken away by the gang from here on July 4. Based on the statement, the police searched the lodge premises.

Irshad arrived at the lodge on June 16, and a gang that arrived in a car took him away on July 4. Later, a body which was washed ashore on the Nandi beach in Kozhikode was identified as that of Irshad using a DNA test.

Meanwhile, the family said that Irshad was a good swimmer and experienced in helping people who drudge sand in the river since childhood. They pointed out that he might be given a poisonous substance or beaten up so that he couldn't swim after falling into the Kadaloor River. There is also a possibility that he jumped into the river just to escape from his abductors.

Irshad arrived from Dubai on May 13 and left for Wayanad on May 23 after convincing his family that he is going for a business purpose. On July 8, the gold smuggling gang contacted the family and told them that they abducted Irshad. They demanded the family to return gold worth Rs 60 lakh smuggled from abroad or else Irshad would be killed.

Following this, the family told police they had handed over gold to Shameer, a Kozhikode native, and three others. He was later taken into custody and is currently in the hospital for treatment.

Meanwhile, Muhammed Salih, the prime accused in the case, is yet to be nabbed. However, police questioned their friends in connection to the incident.

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