Thursday, August 27, 2020

Foreign and Indian currencies worth Rs 1.36 crore seized at Chennai airport, two arrested

Chennai: Customs officials on Thursday seized foreign and Indian currencies worth Rs 1.36 crore from three parcels at international courier terminal at Chennai airport. They arrested two persons in connection with this.
Customs officials acted on specific intelligence that currency was likely to be smuggled out of India through courier mode. Three courier parcels destined for Singapore were intercepted at the international courier terminal.
Two parcels – that were declared to contain saris, shawls and other items -- were taken up for examination. The officials opened one of them and found unfolded saris. White envelopes were found concealed inside the saris. The envelops contained a total of US$50000 equivalent to Rs 37 lakh.
Saris were found inside the other parcel too. White envelopes were found concealed inside five saris. The officials found Saudi Arabian riyals, euros, Swiss franc and Singapore dollars to the tune of Rs 69.5 lakh.

The third parcel was declared to contain shirts and leggings. On opening it, white envelopes were found concealed inside 15 shirts. Rs 2 lakh in the denomination of Rs 2,000 were found inside each envelop. A total Rs 30 lakh Indian notes were recovered.

27/08/20 Sidharth Prabhakar/Times of India
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