Sunday, January 14, 2018

DRI busts smuggling of foreign currencies of Rs 1.75 crore

Ahmedabad: Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) on Saturday busted an alleged smuggling racket run by a Mumbai based syndicate and arrested three persons who were trying to smuggle foreign currency out of India. The DRI recovered foreign currency of 2,75,000 US dollars worth Rs 1.75 Crores from these passengers who had concealed this currency inside organic harvest cream and kept it inside their checked-in-baggage and in the pockets of their pants.
"Ahmedabad zonal unit of DRI received an intelligence input that a Mumbai based gold smuggling syndicate would be attempting to smuggle huge amount of foreign currencies out of India to Dubai. It was known that this smuggling syndicate would be sending three passengers namely Nizamuddin Shaikh, Shaikh Moin Mohammed and a female passenger named Anam Shaikh to Dubai as carriers for smuggling of foreign currencies by Emirates Flight number EK-501 on early Saturday morning," said DRI officials.
DRI passed the intelligence input to Air Intelligence Unit (AIU) of Mumbai International Airport. The officers of AIU, Mumbai intercepted all three passengers when they reached there to board the flight. On interrogation they denied carrying any foreign currency with them. Then the officers of AIU conducted thorough personal search of these passengers along with search of their checked-in-baggage. In search, 2,75,000 US dollars were recovered from these passengers. Officers of AIU, Mumbai International Airport seized the foreign currency under provisions of the Customs Act, 1962.
These passengers further revealed that they were supposed to smuggle gold into India from Dubai which they want to purchase from these foreign currencies. For each trip, they were promised Rs 20,000 for the each passenger by the Mumbai-based smuggling syndicate.
13/01/18 Ashish Chauhan/Times of India