Monday, October 11, 2021

2 Uzbek nationals arrested at Delhi airport for smuggling foreign currency worth Rs 84 lakh

New Delhi: The Customs officials arrested two Uzbek nationals at the Delhi Airport for allegedly smuggling foreign currency to the tune of over Rs 84 lakh, officials said on Wednesday.

Both the Uzbekistan nationals were caught at Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi while they were trying to board a flight to Tashkent via Sharjah on an Air Arabia flight.

According to Customs officials, "USD 95,400 [Rs 70.59 lakh] was recovered from passenger one, whereas USD 19,200 [Rs 14.20 lakh] was recovered from passenger two" during the personal and baggage search.

Sources said that during the questioning, both the passengers failed to explain the source of foreign currency, after which a case was filed against them.

“The recovered foreign currency has been seized under the Customs Act and the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA),” said Shaukat Ali Nurvi, Additional Commissioner of Customs IGI Airport.

11/10/21 Munish Chandra Pandey/India Today

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