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WATCH: CISF seizes foreign currency hidden inside peanuts, meatballs at Delhi airport

The unique modus operandi of currency notes smuggling was revealed when security personnel confronted 25-year-old Murad Ali after observing his 'suspicious' behaviour when he reached Terminal-3 of the airport.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: February 13, 2020 12:10:13 pm
IGI airport smuggling, IGI airport smuggling peanuts, IGI airport smuggling meatballs, Delhi city news The estimated worth of this seized cache is about Rs 45 lakh and the passenger, who carries a tourist visa for Dubai, and the currency have been handed over to Customs authorities.

In a bizarre case of foreign currency smuggling unearthed Wednesday, the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) seized notes hidden inside cooked pieces of meat, peanuts and sealed biscuit packets from a passenger at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport.

A total of 508 currency notes were recovered from the eatables, news agency PTI reported.

The unique modus operandi of smuggling notes came to light when security personnel at Terminal-3 confronted a 25-year-old man, Murad Ali, after noticing his ‘suspicious’ behaviour. The passenger was slated to board an Air India flight to Dubai.

“On physical checking of the passenger’s baggage, a high volume of foreign currency was found concealed in cooked mutton pieces, peanuts, biscuit packets, and other eatables,” CISF spokesperson Assistant Inspector General Hemendra Singh was quoted as saying by PTI.

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“This is a unique and peculiar way of concealing foreign currency for smuggling,” Singh added.

IGI airport smuggling, IGI airport smuggling peanuts, IGI airport smuggling meatballs, Delhi city news “This is a unique and peculiar way of concealing foreign currency for smuggling,” CISF official said.

A video of the incident shows the security personnel cracking open peanuts, unzipping sealed biscuit packets, and digging into greasy meatballs to extract an assortment of Saudi Riyal, Qatari Riyal, Kuwaiti Dinar, Omani Riyal and Euro currency, all neatly rolled and wrapped inside.

The estimated worth of this seized cache is about Rs 45 lakh and the passenger, who carries a tourist visa for Dubai, and the currency have been handed over to Customs authorities, the CISF spokesperson told PTI.

IGI airport smuggling, IGI airport smuggling peanuts, IGI airport smuggling meatballs, Delhi city news The estimated worth of this seized cache is about 45 lakh in Indian currency.

(With PTI inputs)

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