Mumbai Customs sleuths on Wednesday seized cash totalling around Rs 69 lakh in two separate cases here, which included recovery of Rs 25 lakh in 2,000 rupee notes.
The Air Intelligence Unit (AIU) of the Customs made these seizures at the international airport here in the wee hours and four persons were arrested in this connection.
In the first case, foreign currency worth over Rs 43 lakh was recovered from three passengers -- Shaikh Waheed Ali, Mohammed Sohail and Shaikh Pasha -- who arrived here from Hyderabad.
“A detailed examination of the baggage of Ali resulted in recovery of 1,39,000 Saudi Riyals, 5,65,000 UAE Dirhams and 14,000 Australian dollars,” said a Customs official, adding that the total value was Rs 43.97 lakhs.
This money was found wrapped in newspapers and was concealed in their check-in baggage.
New currency worth Rs 36Lseized
Police have seized over Rs 36 lakh in new currency notes of Rs 2,000 denomination in three separate cases in the state, and detained seven persons in this connection on Wednesday.
Dakor police in Kheda district on Wednesday detained four persons for possessing Rs 12.45 lakh in cash of which Rs 12.08 lakh were in the denomination of Rs 2,000 notes, police said. The four persons were detained during police patrolling in the town after they failed to provide satisfactory answer for Rs 12.45 lakh found from their car. Out of Rs 12.45 lakh, 604 notes, or Rs 12.08 lakh, were of Rs 2,000 denomination, police said, adding that further questioning revealed they were planning to exchange the new notes with defunct currency for a commission of ten per cent.
Fake currency with face value of 1.86L seized
Police seized fake Rs 2,000 notes with face value of Rs 1.86 lakh and arrested two alleged drug smugglers from their possession during checking in Dharmkot village here.
Acting on a tip off, the accused were on Tuesday arrested when they were travelling in a car, they said, adding they have been identified as Jagdish Singh and Buta Singh.
The fake currency is of Rs 2,000 denomination, police said, adding two gram of heroin was also seized from the accused.
The accused were active in supply of fake currency and contrabands in Moga, Ferozepur and Jagroan, police said, adding they used to bring the drugs from Rajasthan.
Police are investigating the source of the fake currency notes of Rs 2,000 denomination.