UAE consulate gunman Jayaghosh suspended from Kerala Police
Thiruvananthapuram: A Kerala Police gunman of the UAE consulate here who was reported missing and later found in a bushy area near his house with his wrist slashed, apparently in a suicide bid, was suspended from service on Tuesday.
For the past few days Jayaghosh was convalescing in the hospital and was discharged on Tuesday and soon came the news of his suspension for violating service rules.
Police said that Jayaghosh’s statement that there was a murder attempt on him was not trustworthy. Moreover, not informing the consul general leaving, UAE consulate attaché returning to his native country, failure to hand over his service gun were also charges against him.
On top of all this, a suicide attempt case has been registered against Jayaghosh following which the city police commissioner issued an order suspending Jayaghosh. An investigation is underway.
There were reports the other day citing abnormalities over Jayaghosh’s appointment as the UAE consulate gunman. His tenure was extended by one year by the DGP on January 8, 2020.
But following rule allegations of rule violation, his appointment order disappeared from the police website. The Customs and NIA are investigating Jayaghosh's involvement in the gold smuggling case.
While undergoing treatment at a private hospital following his suicide bid, IB officials had collected information from him. Jayaghosh's statement has been recorded by a magistrate while the NIA and Customs probing the gold smuggling case has also taken his statement.
Before attempting suicide, Jayaghosh had told his relatives that the gold smuggling case accused were trying to murder him.
The gold smuggling case investigation team suspects that Jayaghosh had a clear idea of the transactions in the consulate. Hence they decided to question Jayaghosh following which the gunman attempted suicide.
The UAE consulate here is in the news for the wrong reasons ever since the gold smuggling case which has large scale ramifications first surfaced when P. S. Sarith, a former employee of the consulate, was arrested by the Customs on July 5 when he was facilitating smuggling of 30 kgs of gold in diplomatic baggage to Thiruvananthapuram from Dubai.
It turned murkier when the name of Swapna Suresh, a former employee of the consulate and employed with the state IT Department, surfaced. The case turned full circle when their links with senior IAS official M. Sivasankar, who has been suspended and booted out from two key posts - principal secretary to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and also as state IT secretary, were unearthed.
(With inputs from IANS)