In a shocking case, over Rs 10 crores worth of foreign currency including American dollars and Saudi Arabian Riyals were seized by the customs department at Cochin International Airport.
The agencies have even nabbed an Afghan national in this connection.
The cash was concealed in a rice cooker, which was part of his hand baggage.
What is even more shocking is that the currency went undetected at the IGI Airport in Delhi.
The 36-year-old Afghan national was on a transit flight from Delhi to Kochi to Dubai.
Though the flight was supposed to go directly to Dubai after a one-hour stoppage in Cochin, it was due to technical reasons that it got grounded and the passengers were transferred to other airlines.
It was when the passengers’ check-in baggages were screened once again that the scandal unraveled.
Enforcement agencies said that dollar bills amounting to Rs. 1.4 million and Saudi Riyals worth 0.89 million were found concealed in the check-in baggage of the passenger.
The official said that the Afghan national had been living in Delhi for last two months and was running garments business along with his bother.>