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2 gold smugglers ‘killed by friends’ in Mangalore

The police in Mangalore said bodies of the two were buried at Maruthadukkam in Kasargod district, Kerala.

By: Express News Service | Bangalore | Published: July 8, 2014 1:22:47 am

Two Kerala youths, who allegedly worked as carriers for smuggling gold from the Gulf, have been killed in a Mangalore flat by suspected members of his gang after they sold the consignment instead of delivering it to the handler. Three friends of the victims have been arrested in this connection.

According to police, Nafir of Kannur in Kerala, in his 20s, went to Dubai eight months ago and was not in touch with his family for the last few months. Police suspected Nafir had worked as carrier several times in the past.

The investigators said Nafir was given a consignment of three kg gold bars to be given to a smuggler in north Kerala a month ago, but instead he with the help of his fellow gang member Fahim of Kozhikode sold the precious metal to various jewellery shops in North Kerala.

Their act led to differences in the gang and the accused —Mohammed Mahajir Sanaf from Cherkala in Kasargod, Mohammed Irshad and Mohammed Saffan from Anangur, also roommates of the victims — killed the two on July 1 to prevent the receivers learning about the sale of the gold.

The police in Mangalore said bodies of the two were buried at Maruthadukkam near Kundamkuzhi in Kasargod district of Kerala. The murder was committed at a rented house at Attavar in Mangalore.

The incident came to light after the police stopped a suspicious vehicle in Mangalore a few days ago and found traces of blood in the vehicle. The bodies have been recovered and identified by the family members of the youths. The police said Nafir had smuggled the gold through the Kempegowda International Airport, Bangalore in November 2013.

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