The Customs department has taken one more person into custody in connection with the Thiruvananthapuram airport diplomatic baggage gold smuggling case.
It is learned that he is one of the middlemen and that he has been arrested. He was brought to the Customs office in Kochi. With this, five people are in custody in connection with the case.
The Customs had arrested Malappuram Pernthalmanna native Rameez, who is a key link in the gold smuggling chain, on Sunday. After questioning P. S. Sarith, who was arrested earlier and Rameez together, the Customs arrested the alleged middleman on Sunday.
Meanwhile, Swapna Suresh and Sandeep Nair, the second and fourth accused in the case respectively, have been brought to the NIA headquarters in Kadavanthra here. Earlier, the two were taken to the Aluva Taluk Hospital for medical check-up and COVID-19 test.
After a preliminary round of questioning, the two will be produced before the NIA special court.