American currency notes worth Rs 5.6 crore was seized at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport in Mumbai from two passengers
American currency notes to the tune of $7,24,700 worth around Rs 5.6 crore being illegally carried by two passengers was seized at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport in Mumbai.
The Central Indian Security Force (CISF) said the two passengers were identified as Sudanese nationals Ahmed Mohamed Ismail Haraza and Essam Ali Imer Mohamed who were scheduled to take an Ethiopian Airlines flight to Addis Ababa on Tuesday.
The huge sum of foreign currency was detected during the Pre-embarkation Security Check (PESC) through the X-ray Baggage Inspection System (XBIS) at the airport.
The matter was immediately informed to Customs officials. Thereafter, the passengers were allowed to proceed towards the departure immigration counter where they were kept under close watch.
Customs officials detained both the passengers and recovered the foreign currency from the hand baggage of the duo, who have been detained in connection with the case.
Further investigations are on to trace the Indian links to the money.