Customs Air Intelligence officials have seized large sums of European currency from Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport, Kolkata. The contraband currency was recovered from the shoes of two passengers.
In Indian currency the money is worth almost Rs 2 crore.
This money was caught red-handed when the officials got suspicious about two passengers at the airport.
The officials followed and tracked the activities of both the suspects till they passed from the Customs counter. After clearance, both the passengers were heading for security check before boarding a SpiceJet flight routed to Bangkok from Kolkata.
The officials’ suspicion led to the interrogation of the two passengers, Vasistha Kumar and Anoop Shrinet. Their suspicion grew when they noticed the shoes of the two passengers.
The officers cut threads of their shoes to have a closer look. It was then that they recovered 2,28,500 euros. When converted to Indian currency the amount is equivalent to Rs 1.72 crore.
Both the passengers hail from Uttar Pradesh and are related to each other. They have been taken into custody and will be produced before the court.
Recently in another incident, a Jet Airways employee was arrested from a flight headed to Hong Kong from Delhi. She was accused of smuggling Rs 3.34 crore in US dollars.