Staff Reporter

Arrest based on complaint received at Indian Embassy in Riyadh

Duo will not be handed over to Saudi police

KOLLAM: Two persons, who hail from Kollam, were arrested by the police here on charges of a major robbery at Riyadh in Saudi Arabia. They were arrested on the basis of a complaint made by the Dammam-based Whale Trading Company (WTC) to the Indian Embassy at Riyadh. The complaint was forwarded to the Kollam police and the case was investigated by a police team headed by DySP (Crime Detachment) T.F. Xavier.

The arrested duo was identified as Siddique from Kadakkal and Mohammed Rafi from Nilamel. The alleged robbery had taken place last month. Siddique was working as a driver with the WTC. He allegedly handed over a refrigerated container lorry and its load of frozen shrimp, which he was taking from Dammam to Riyadh, to a four-member gang as part of a robbery pact.

In Indian rupees the truck and the consignment cost Rs.1.10 crore. Following the incident, Siddique used a bogus passport to return to India. The arrested Mohammed Rafi is Siddique’s cousin. Police said he too had a role in the robbery. Information pertaining to the robbery gathered from the duo was passed over the Saudi Police, Mr. Xavier said.

Hijacking of such trucks are not uncommon in Saudi Arabia and based on the information provided by the Kollam police, the Saudi police will investigate further into the duo’s role in the hijacking, Mr. Xavier said. But, since there is no extradition treaty between Saudi Arabia and India, the duo will not be handed over to the Saudi police.