Express news service
KOCHI: Officials from the Directorate of Enforcement (ED) on Tuesday interviewed two people who were arrested by police with Rs 55 lakh during a vehicle check in Mulavukad here on Monday. Police said the two would be taken to Mangaluru where one of them was allegedly involved in a gold theft.
ED officials went to Mulavukad police station after obtaining information from the police about the unrecorded money. According to unconfirmed reports, the duo – Rashid, 37, from Kannur, and his assistant Nisam, 31, from Kalady – were also interviewed by the National Investigation Agency (NIA).
“Rashid was involved in a road heist near Mangaluru in which gold weighing nearly 1.7 kg was looted this year. He was staying in a room rented in Kacheripady. The money seized came from the sale of gold. After preliminary investigation, we will decide to register a case under the law on the prevention of money laundering because it is unrecorded money. Other central agencies also questioned them, ”said an ED official.
City Police Commissioner C Nagaraju said that given the huge amount recovered, information about the incident has been passed on to all central agencies. He said police officers from Karnataka were also in Kochi as part of the gold theft investigation. “The seizure of ’55 lakh is not normal. As there is a registered FIR in Karnataka, the relevant police team will take them there for further investigation. Our team has collected the required information from the duo,” he said. he declared.
Police were checking vehicles near Bolgatty Junction on Monday when they pulled over the car Rasid and Nisam were traveling in. The police searched the car and found the money. Rashid claimed they were taking the money to a bank. He then tried to run away with the money but was caught. It was later learned that he was escaping from his rented room after learning that the Karnataka police had identified his whereabouts. Kochi Deputy Police Commissioner Aishwarya Dongre told reporters, “We also seized Rashid’s passport, voter ID card and two new SIM cards.