TIA sees huge IC haul


The Tribhuvan International Airport-based custom office on Saturday held a Pakistani citizen with Indian currency worth 2.39 million in Indian 500 rupee notes. The arrested Pakistani has been identified as Abdul Gafar, who had concealed the sum in the false bottom of a suitcase. He was caught during a routine check up at the TIA.

Sources suspect that the Indian currency notes might be counterfeit. However, the police are yet to confirm it. "Only a lab test can determine whether the notes are counterfeit or genuine," said the source at the TIA. The man disembarked at TIA from a Qatar Airways flight from Doha. Gafar confessed to the Police that he was only being used as a carrier.

A preliminary investigation revealed that a Kuleshwore-based businessman had demanded the sum from Doha, and the arrested man had visited the country two times before. Police said further investigation was underway to unearth the motive behind the travel with such a large amount of Indian currency. According to the country's monetary policy, air travelers must go to the custom office to declare the sum before checking in the baggage.

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