170 kg gold, Rs 70 crore cash seized from airports

Mumbai: Over Rs 70 crore in cash, in both old and new notes, and more than 170 kg gold have been seized from passengers at various airports of the country after demonetisation, Director General of CISF O P Singh said here on Wednesday.

"We have seized more than Rs 70 crore of cash. More than 170 kilograms of gold has been attended to since the demonetisation, at various airports across the country," Singh told a press conference here.

Asked if the cash seized consisted of the new currency notes, he said, "They were a mix of both, but mostly new notes".

The seizures were made as CISF has a commitment to the country and has to realise dreams of the government, he added.

The seizures were made by various agencies after the CISF provided them tip-offs about the passengers carrying cash and gold.

"We don't detain any person by ourselves. Whenever we see a person carrying an enormous amount of cash, we check them and inform it to relevant departments," the DG said. (PTI)