Three Pakistani nationals with nearly Rs 19 lakh of fake currency were detained from Nepal's Tribhuvan International Airport in the capital for involvement in a counterfeit Indian currency racket.
A special squad of the police headquarters arrested Muhammed Akbar, his daughter Areeba Akbar and accomplice Haider Ali, who landed in Kathmandu on Saturday on Gulf Air flight 261 through the Karachi-Bahrain route, according to Superintendent of Police Kedar Rijal, who is also the chief of Kathmandu Metropolitan Police Circle.
The police seized Rs 18,99,000 counterfeit currency notes from the three Pakistani nationals, which were concealed inside a suitcase, according to the police official.
We are carrying out further investigation into the matter, he said.
The seized notes were in Rs 1,000 and 500 denominations.
India, which shares an open open border with Nepal, has frequently called for tightening security to check smuggling of counterfeit Indian currency across the border to India.
New Delhi has blamed Pakistan-based terror organisation of using the Indo-Nepal porous border for smuggling counterfeit Indian currency to India through Nepal to finance terrorism.