A man and woman flying to Dubai was nabbed by the security officials of Pune airport for carrying too much upma! A second check at the screened baggage revealed the duo were trying to smuggle foreign currency worth Rs 1.29 crore by concealing them in hot cases topped with upma.
A senior airport security staff said that an immigration officer found the documents of a man identified as Nishant Y suspicious.
He said the immigration officer alerted the Customs authorities at the airport who ordered a repeat check of the man's check-in luggage. He was booked on a flight to Dubai. "The bag contained a hot case with 'upma' inside. But, the weight of the eatable was more than usual and hence it was checked, only to reveal a black polythene having US $86,600 and Euro 15,000 inside," the official said.
After some time the immigration authorities alerted Customs officials about another doubtful passenger, identified as H Ranglani, travelling to Dubai on the same flight.
The woman’s baggage was searched which had a hot case filled with upma concealing currency beneath it.
"This hot case, containing upma, was opened and foreign currency of US $86,200 and Euro 15,000 was found concealed in it," he said.
The Customs officials are probing if the two cases are related, the official said.