Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Two held with foreign notes worth Rs. 1.3 crore

Pune: Two passengers travelling to Dubai were arrested on Tuesday for attempting to smuggle foreign currency worth Rs. 1.30 crore by concealing them in hotboxes containing food at Pune airport.

According to Customs authorities, an immigration officer at the airport during passenger profiling found the documents of a man identified as Nishant Vijay Yetam to be suspicious. Yetam, a resident of Nagothane in Raigad, was travelling to Dubai on Air India flight IX 211. Immigration personnel also raised suspicions about another passenger, Harsha Ranglani Raju, who was booked on the same flight. Officials then apprehended Raju, a resident of Chembur in Mumbai.

Following a personal search and detailed examination of the checked-in baggage of the two passengers, dollar bills amounting to $1,72,000 and euro banknotes totalling €30,000 were recovered. Customs officials confiscated the foreign currency valued at Rs. 1.30 crore under the provisions of the Customs Act, 1962.
09/08/17 Shoumojit Banerjee/The Hindu