Thursday, March 12, 2020

Pune airport customs seizes foreign exchange worth Rs 38 lakh from duo

Pune: Customs officials arrested two persons at the airport on Sunday for attempting to smuggle foreign currency of different countries, worth more than Rs 38.71 lakh, to Dubai by concealing it in the inner waistline of their trousers.

“British pounds, Qatar and Saudi riyals were recovered during a body search and thorough screening of the check-in luggage of 43-year-old Ansari Feroze Abdul Hamid and Sheikh Mohammed Tarique Iqbal Ahmed (33). Both these passengers were slated to fly from Pune to Dubai on a SpiceJet flight (SG51),” a senior customs official told TOI.
Ansari is a resident of Guruwar Peth in Pune while Sheikh is a resident of Kasba Peth.

“They had concealed the currency in a clever way. They undid the stitches on the inner waistline of their trousers and stitched it back to perfection after concealing the currency there. Currency had been hidden in other parts of their trousers in the same manner. They are surely wilful carriers. While investigations are underway, we are trying to find out how they came across the foreign currency. We are trying ascertain who the person or persons were, with whom they were in contact with. The reason behind them attempting to take the currency to Dubai, is also being probed,” the official added.
11/03/20 Joy Sengupta/Times of India
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