Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) detects USD 90,000 worth of foreign currency which is about Rs 65.70 lakhs at Guwahati airport. This has been one of the biggest seizures of foreign currency so far.
Suspicious image inside of a passenger bag
On September 1, at Guwahati airport, the X-BIS machine at the Security Hold Area (SHA) of the airport detected the foreign currency around 9:30 am during the Pre-Embarkation Security Check (PESC).
In a statement, one of the paramilitary forces, CISF’s Assistant Sub-inspector SK Singh noticed a suspicious image inside a passenger’s bag. The passenger has been identified as Arbajuddin, 25, bound for Imphal by Air Asia flight No. I5-783.
Singh stopped the conveyor belt immediately and went through the bag for thorough and physical checking.
Later, CISF Sub-inspector Dalip Kumar checked the bag but no objectionable item was noticed. However, he noticed the unusual heaviness of the bag in contrast to the weight of any empty baggage.
Thus, the CISF says that the bird was cut off from the bottom and has seized USD 90,000. He also says that the passenger didn’t give a reply satisfactorily and neither did he produce any documents to carry that amount of foreign currency, adding CISF senior officers and Customs (DRI) officials have been informed.
Passenger held at Customs
For further action in the matter, the passenger along with the seized foreign currency of USD 90,000 has been handed over to the Customs for further actions.
Lastly, the 2 CISF personnel’s efforts were appreciated, CISF Director General M. A. Ganapathy awards them with a cash reward of Rs 10,000 for detecting the large sum of foreign currency.