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Trio caught smuggling foreign currency worth ₹69 lakh in their rectums at Mumbai airport

The three, residents of Ulhasnagar, were leaving for Dubai when they were intercepted

mumbai Updated: Oct 09, 2017 13:05 IST
Pratik Salunke
The officials recovered 85,000 Euros, 7,100 US dollars and 905 United Arab Emirates Dirhams, collectively worth Rs68.64 lakh
The officials recovered 85,000 Euros, 7,100 US dollars and 905 United Arab Emirates Dirhams, collectively worth Rs68.64 lakh(HT)

Three people were caught smuggling foreign currency worth Rs69lakh in their rectums on Friday at the Mumbai airport by the Air Intelligence Unit (AIU).

According to officers, two youngsters — Ayushi Bhupat Jain, 18, and Avi Deepak Kachhwani, 20 — were lured into smuggling by the third person, Kamal Tekchand Motwani, 38.

“Kamal is the mastermind who has admitted to smuggling in the past,” said an officer.

The three, residents of Ulhasnagar, were leaving for Dubai when they were intercepted. The officials recovered 85,000 Euros, 7,100 US dollars and 905 United Arab Emirates Dirham, collectively worth Rs68.64 lakh.

“The accused had rolled the foreign currency and inserted it up their rectums,” said the officer. In order to avoid suspicion, Kamal had booked the flight tickets separately. “We were suspicious about Kamal. He was being grilled when it was revealed that Ayushi too was involved,” said the officer. After questioning Ayushi, they learnt of Avi’s role, the officer added.

According to officials, foreign currency worth ₹30 lakh had been smuggled by Kamal in the past.

Authorities suspect that the accused were smuggling foreign currency to purchase gold. “There may be a syndicate involved in taking foreign currency out of the country and bringing in gold. Usually, there are separate set of people to smuggle currency and gold,” said the officer.