Investigation hints at police role in Kerala’s Edayar gold robbery

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Investigation hints at police role in Kerala's Edayar gold robbery

KOCHI: The investigation into the sensational Edayar gold robbery case has taken a new turn with investigators finding certain leads indicating the involvement of a few police officers. It is heard in the inquiry that found links between officers and the accused who carried out the daring act. But the Special Investigation Team (SIT) is still clueless on the 20 kg of gold looted by criminals when it was being transported to CGR Met alloys Pvt Ltd in Edayar on May 9.

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The SIT had taken the 5 accused Sathish Sebastian, Rashid Basheer, Naseeb Naushad, Saneesh Sudhakaran and Bibin George to CGR Met alloys to gather evidence.  They were interrogated by the SIT, but could not recover the loot.

“The accused misled the officers by claiming that they buried the loot in a forest area. Though the police team conducted a thorough search, the loot couldn’t be recovered. Besides, the officers suspect the accused received help from a few persons, including police officers and lawyers, while they were holed up at a farmhouse in Idukki,” said an officer.

However, Aluva ASP M J Sojan, heading the SIT, played down the role of police officers in the heist. “The investigation to recover the gold is underway and there is no major development on that front yet,” he said. Recently, Ernakulam District Principal Sessions Court dismissed the bail appeals of the accused, Naseeb Naushad and Saneesh on the grounds that the loot has not been recovered yet.

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