Police to dig out more details behind Palakkad expat’s death; gold worth Rs 57 lakhs missing

Deceased Abdul Jaleel

Perinthalmanna: Though police unravelled the mystery regarding the death of Palakkad expat Abdul Jaleel, the officials have no idea about the gold worth Rs 57 lakhs that lead to his murder. According to the police, Jaleel who acted as a carrier for smugglers, was killed in their quest for the gold.

The officials on Monday have taken Malappuram native Yaheeya Muhammad into custody for kidnapping Jaleel from the airport. It was revealed in the questioning that Muhammad kidnapped him to get the 1.2 kg gold that he carried from Saudi Arabia, police said.

The police detailed about the operation devised by Muhammad and his aides. Their version is that Muhammad’s aides in Saudi Arabia had given the gold to Jaleel. Usually, smugglers take the carrier to hideouts and conceal gold in the person’s body. However, Jaleel being a house driver, it was difficult for the smugglers to take him to a hideout. So they reportedly handed gold to Jaleel and he himself attached it to the body. Jaleel informed the gang that he has hid the gold. Until the airport lounge there, Jaleel was under their supervision. Likewise, when he landed in Kochi airport, Muhammad and gang took him away. But the gang did not find any gold from his body or in his possession. This created issues and ended up in the murder of Jaleel, police claim.

Meanwhile, police have taken measures to intimate with cops and agencies concerned in Saudi Arabia to know where the gold has gone.

The preliminary assumption is that Jaleel might have secretly kept the gold in his room there. Another possibility is that he might have transferred it to any other person here or abroad. Police also doubt whether he has converted the gold to get possession of something else or he might have sold it there.

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