Hyderabad: The customs officials at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport seized foreign currency valued at Rs 54 lakh from two passengers here on Tuesday.
The passengers travelling in EK-525 flight bound from Dubai to Hyderabad had concealed the currency in the baggage.
Following a tip-off, the customs officials caught the passengers and seized the currency from them.
The customs officials have booked a case.
Earlier, there have been several cases where gold and currency were found concealed in food, cloths, bags, belts, shoes.
According to the Principle Commissioner of Customs- the department has booked 536 gold smuggling cases at Hyderabad’s Rajiv Gandhi International Airport over a period of 5 years. The value of the seized gold stands at Rs 96.15 crore. The highest number of 145 cases were booked in 2017-18.
Meanwhile, in an RTI filed by Hyderabad resident Robin Zaccheus, the government has said that for the last five years, people tried to smuggle 312. 872 kgs of gold.
The RTI also revealed that UAE, Qatar, Saudi Arabia are three top countries from which gold is smuggled into Hyderabad. Jeddah, Hongkong, Oman, Thailand, Srilanka, Bahrain, Jeddah, Malaysia are other destinations.