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Swapna Suresh: Kerala gold smuggling suspect in NIA custody

Bengaluru: Swapna Suresh, the woman at the centre of the sensational gold smuggling racket in Kerala, has finally been nabbed… seven days after she went on the run.

Information coming out say that she and an accomplice were arrested by NIA in Bengaluru and that she will be brought back to Kerala tomorrow. The arrest comes just a day after NIA, which is the key Indian agency, handling terror related crimes was appointed on Friday to oversee the case.

Swapna is an accused in a case involving the smuggling of 30 kilograms of gold – worth Dh6 million plus – from the UAE. The package was picked up at Thiruvananthapuram International Airport in a package meant for the UAe consul-general.

The arrest will also raise questions about how Swapna, who was born in Abu Dhabi and also worked here with an international airline, managed to evade Kerala police and managed to reach all the way to Bengaluru – in the neighbouring state of Kerala – by road. Especially, when there are extensive restrictions on movements across large parts of Kerala to bring down spread of the COVID-19.

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