Ever since PM Modi’s announcement of demonetization on November 8, the Central Industrial Security Forces (CISF) has kept a vigilant watch on airports across the country. It has now revealed that since November 8, its personnel have seized around Rs 4.5 crore and 15.62 kg of gold, mainly from Delhi, Mumbai, Guwahati and Kolkata airports.
In Delhi, between November 10-15, the CISF seized Rs. 2.35 crore in cash and 3.6g kg of gold. On November 12, the highest amount of cash, namely Rs. 70 lakh, was recovered, while the highest amount of gold, 3.65kg, was seized on November 15.
On November 15, Rs. 1.86 crore in cash was recovered in Mumbai and Rs. 12.2 lakh in cash and 11.963 kg of gold was seized in Kolkata.
In Guwahati, Rs 3 lakh, the highest cash recovery in a day, was made on November 15 and between November 15-16, a total of Rs. 17.55 lakh was seized.
Additionally, 34 passengers were detained at airports – half of them at Delhi airport alone. However, the CISF has not taken any legal action against them and allowed the passengers to board their flights.
Apart from airports, even the baggage at metro stations is being scanned. According to a CISF official, “In a recent circular, CISF personnel posted at all 59 airports in the country have been asked to scan hand baggage carefully and inform Income Tax officials if they find passengers carrying a large amount of cash. The amount has not been specified in the circular.”