Thursday, December 16, 2021

CISF seizes foreign currency worth Rs 21 lakh at Kochi airport

Kochi: The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel at Cochin International Airport Ltd (Cial) seized foreign currency worth around Rs 21 lakh from an international passenger.

The currency, mostly UAE dirham and a few Saudi riyal, were seized from an Andhra Pradesh-native woman who was scheduled to fly to Sharjah on Tuesday. The currency was found hidden in her private parts and was found during the security check by CISF women personnel.

The accused was identified as Hafeeza Banu (46), a native of Hyderabad. According to sources, the woman was frisked after some of the CISF personnel noticed her suspicious behaviour when she reached the security checkpoint. She was handed over to the customs officials, who later released her on bail after detailed interrogation and confiscating the money.

The accused reached Kochi from Hyderabad by air earlier on Tuesday. After landing at the domestic terminal she had undergone Covid test as negative RT-PCR certificate is mandatory for passengers travelling to the United Arab Emirates. She waited at the testing area till she was tested negative and later moved to the international terminal for the boarding process. She was scheduled to fly in a Go First flight (G8 1551) at 1:35pm.

However, the woman constable of the CISF deployed at the checkpoint found her actions and behaviour suspicious. “The woman was nervous when she came to the checkpoint. CISF personnel are trained to identify abnormal behaviour of passengers. So the constable did a thorough frisking of the woman during the security check and found a bundle hidden in her private parts. On detailed inspection, the currency was found. The details of the woman were collected and she was immediately handed over to the customs,” said sources.

The seized currency included 49 UAE dirham of the 1,000 denomination, 102 UAE dirham of the 500 denomination and 10 Saudi riyal of 500 denomination. A total of 1,00,000 UAE dirham and 5,000 Saudi riyal was seized and it was worth Rs 21 lakh.

16/12/21 Times of India

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