Thiruvananthapuram: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has brought Swapna Suresh and Sandeep Nair, the two prime accused in the Trivandrum Airport gold smuggling racket, to the statecapital to gather more evidence in the case.
The evidence gathering began around 12:20 pm on Saturday at the Heather Homes’ at near thesecretariat where the gang is said to have held crucial meetings to carry out its gold smugglingoperations through the diplomatic channel.
Suspended bureaucrat M Sivasankar, the former IT secretary and the former principal secretary to thechief minister, is said to have arranged the at for the gang.
Sandeep and Swapna were rst taken to two places in two different vehicles.
The NIA took them to the three flats Swapna had stayed on rent in Ambalamukku; Althara, Vellayambalam and PTP Nagar, Sandeep family house at Aruvijjara 10th Mile and the shop in Kuravankonam that made the fake seals and documents of the UAE Consulate. The questioning andthe collection of evidence lasted for about seven hours.
At Ambalamukku, people gathered in large numbers when they came to know NIA had brought Swapna to the place. The agency also collected information from Sandeep’s mother at his family home in Aruvikkara.
Sandeep explained to the investigators how he transferred the smuggled gold that reached the airport.
The NIA team left for Kochi with the two at 7:15 pm.
The NIA team’s visit was a secret. Even the local police were not aware of it.
Swapna refused to answer questions from the media. Sandeep seemed calm. He told the media that he had faith in the NIA and the courts.
Meanwhile, the Customs Department also conducted inquiries at Sandeep’s family house and his ‘Carbon Doctor’ workshop in Nedumangad.
They also gathered evidence at the at in Karakulam that Sandeep had taken on rent in his wife’s name a year ago. They entered the at after breaking the lock. The examination that started around 1:15 pm ended at 5:55 pm. Sowmya was with the Customs ofcials all through the investigation.