Kerala gold smuggling case: UAE Consular attache’s gunman found with wrist slashed

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The Kerala gold smuggling case has taken a new twist after Jayaghosh, the gunman of United Arab Emirates (UAE) Consular attache Rashed Khamis Ali Musaiqri Alshemeli in Thiruvananthapuram was found with his wrist slashed near his family home in Thumba on Friday, July 17.

It is not clear whether he has tried to take his own life or was attacked. Jayagosh, who has been missing from his house in Kuzhivila since Thursday evening, told the people who rescued him he had swallowed a blade. He was rushed to a private hospital in the city, where his condition is reported to be safe.

His brother-in law had earlier told a private television channel that Jayagosh had told him that he was facing threats from certain quarters. Jayaghosh’s wife had earlier given a statement to the police that he feared for his life ever since his name cropped up in the gold smuggling case. The family members have also reportedly said that he had received threat calls from someone.

There were rumours that he had tipped the customs officials about the smuggling of 30 kg of gold in a diplomatic bag which was caught at the Thiruvananthapuram airport earlier this month. Counsel of accused Sarith Nair told a Malayalam channel that his client had informed him that the UAE attache at the consulate office in Thiruvananthapuram had a role in the smuggling.

News Minute reported that Swapna Suresh, former executive secretary of the attache, who was arrested from Bengaluru last week in connection with the smuggling, had reportedly called Jayaghosh several times on the day the gold was seized.

The attache has left the country from Delhi to Dubai on Sunday, creating more ripples in the controversy. The gold was found in a bag with food items addressed to him. The Consular officer however said that he was unaware of the other contents and told the Customs that the first accused in the case Sarith Kumar was in charge of the consignment. It was on the basis of what the officer said that Sarith was first detained.

There have been multiple demands that the UAE consulate’s role should also be investigated. Moreover, the Consular Officer himself admitted to the Customs Department that he was using Sarith, a former employee for odd jobs.

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