Thiruvananthapuram: After two key accused in the Kerala gold smuggling case were detained, the Pinarayi Vijayan government is facing the heat over how the duo managed to exit the state particularly when a triple lockdown has been in place since last Sunday.
Swapna Suresh and the other key accused Sandeep Nair were detained by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in Bengaluru on Saturday.
The Congress and BJP upped their ante saying top police officials helped them to slip out of the state.
“In certain areas in Thiruvananthapuram you need a pass to buy even a packet of milk. And in all inter-state checkposts you need an entry pass. It is certain high-ranking officials had escorted them,” said president of the BJP’s Kerala unit K. Surendran.
He added that it was another blot on the state government.
The Congress has also sought a high-level probe.
“Almost a week has passed since the case came up. Not a single FIR was filed against Swapna Suresh though many cheating incidents against her surfaced including fake degree certificate. Her escape adds to the mystery,” said Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala.
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