Tampering of GPS device suspected in C-apt vehicle that carried religious texts
Thiruvananthapuram: It is suspected that the Global Positioning System (GPS) of the C-apt vehicle that carried Quran to Malappuram was deliberately switched off. Even if the connection with the vehicle is cut off, the GPS will work for six more hours. It is evaluated that the GPS might have been off while starting from C-apt office here.
National Investigation agency, probing the gold smuggling at Thiruvananthapuram airport through diplomatic channel, has been probing whether gold was smuggled in the C-apt vehicle that carried Quran provided by UAE consulate. NIA team had arrived at C-apt office for two days and conducted inspection.
The GPS recorder in the vehicle became non-functional after reaching Thrissur. Following this the vehicle was untraceable.
The GPS recorder and log book of the vehicles were taken in custody by NIA the other day. As per the preliminary probe, NIA has arrived at the conclusion that the device could have been tampered.
In 2017, Keltron had installed GPS device in 4 vehicles of C-apt. No damage was reported till now. Also, no probe was launched within C-apt on GPS going off when in Thrissur. NIA had also found that the same GPS was functioning properly since the next day.
Keltron had installed the GPS device in a sealed box in the vehicle. The battery charging port of the device is connected to vehicle battery. Hence if the connection with the vehicle is disabled, the device will function for six more hours.
Based on it, NIA evaluates that the GPS was disconnected while starting the journey. The recordings of the GPS device are stored in cloud server. NIA is trying to retrieve this information with the help of Keltron.