NGO sacks Swapna alleging pressure from government agencies | Latest India News

A Palakkad-based NGO High Range Rural Development Society (HRDS) on Wednesday terminated accused gold smuggling service Swapna Suresh alleging pressure from government agencies.

The NGO had employed Swapna from February this year as the women empowerment program manager and later she was transferred to Palakkad from the state capital. HRDS said it was forced to halt its service due to continued pressure from government agencies. Meanwhile, Swapna said her dismissal was expected as HRDS officials were under enormous pressure to fire her. ” It was expected. I will continue my fight. I stand by everything I said,” she told Kochi.

Lately, the HRDS office in Palakkad has been the main location for his recurring interactions with the media. Last week, Kerala Chief Minister (CM) Pinarayi Vijayan told the assembly that an NGO backed by Sangh Parivar outfits was protecting her and paying all her expenses instead of Suresh’s tirade against the government.

“Officials visited the HRDS office quite often and questioned the employees, even the cleaners were not spared. Our work started to be affected, so we had no other choice,” said Joy Mathew, Vice President of HRDS. subjected to interrogation.

HRDS was quite unhappy with the way it used the company’s letterhead to send a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi demanding a central agency investigation into his allegations against the CM, another official said, wishing not to be named.

After registering her confidential statement under Article 164 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) last month, she raised serious allegations against Vijayan and his family members. She had alleged that they knew about the smuggling and money laundering through the UAE consulate in the state capital. The police later launched a conspiracy case against her and set up a special investigation team.

The gold smuggling case surfaced on July 5, 2020 when customs seized 30 kg of gold hidden in bathroom fixtures in one of the shipments, camouflaged as diplomatic baggage, which had arrived at the consulate of the United Arab Emirates in the state capital. A former PS Sarith consulate employee who came to receive the shipment was arrested the same day and a week later the NIA arrested Swapna Suresh and his accomplice Sandeep Nair from Bengaluru. Three months later, the former principal secretary of the CM, Mr. Sivasankar, was also arrested. . He was reinstated in January after a 17-month suspension.

Swapna’s final claim is that although everyone knew about the “obscure deals and accepted largesse from them”, all the blame was put on her and she was made a scapegoat. She also complained on several occasions that she had been threatened with death.

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