Thiruvananthapuram: As the Thiruvananthapuram gold smuggling case progresses, information has been received that UAE attaché in connection with the case has left India. Attaché Rashid Khamis Al Ashmiya at the UAE Consulate in Thiruvananthapuram has already reportedly left India for the UAE.

As per reports, the attaché left India two days ago from Delhi.

The bag containing the gold, which Swapna Suresh and Sarith allegedly tried to smuggle, was in the name of the attaché at the UAE Consulate. It is also reported that the attaché had attempted to ensure that diplomatic baggage was not opened by officials.

The NIA while appealing for custody application had asked for permission to investigate the role of the attaché in the gold smuggling case.

It is also learned that the attaché and the gold smuggling case accused had been in touch with each other over the phone. Attaché Rashid Khamis Al Ashmiya and Sarith had spoken on the phone on July 3 and July 5.  The attaché’s number was also on Swapna’s call list.