Wayanad: Five Excise department officers were suspended for taking bribe so as to release the smuggled gold. Excise Inspector and other four officers were suspended in this regard. The Excise team demanded Rs. two lakh for releasing the gold.
Inspector P A Joseph, Preventive Officers Johny, Chandu, Civil Excise Officer Sasi Kumar and Pramod were suspended after being transferred to different places.
The incident took place on 20 December. The officers caught the smugglers who were taking gold from Karnataka via Muthanga check post. 750 grams of gold was released then itself and the rest was kept with the officers. The Excise team demanded that the gold will be returned only if they get Rs. two lakh as bribe. The gold was released to the smugglers after receiving the bribe.