Afghan held with foreign currency at New Delhi airport
KABUL (Pajhwok): Indian authorities have detained an Afghan citizen with foreign currency worth Rs 3million at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport in New Delhi, a media report said.
The cash was concealed in more than a dozen shoe boxes the man was carrying in his check-in luggage. The money was detected when the security personnel scanned his baggage.
According to The Times of India, Customs officers intercepted the Afghan when he was trying to board a flight for Kabul. US and Indian currencies -- $39,900 and Rs2.79 lakh -- were recovered from him.
The man, who could not provide a credible answer to questions about the source of the money, was taken into custody, said GovindGarg, deputy commissioner of customs.
Under relevant rules, a foreign national coming to India has to declare on arrival if he/she has more than $5,000. The passenger was arrested under Section 104 of the Customs Act.
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