Search still on for fake notes at Chennai Port

Chennai: Department of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) officials continued to carry out searches at container depots in Chennai Port for the second day today.

Sources say that four containers with fake currencies could have possibly reached the shores. Following a tip-off that that fake notes and arms were being brought into the country through the container route from Pakistan and few other neighbouring countries, the DRI officials commenced search in Chennai, Tughlakabad, Kanpur, Kolkata and Mumbai ports a couple of days ago.

Import cargo was frozen at three sea ports in Tamilnadu and Chennai airport. A senior Customs official in Chennai said they had identified a container at Chennai Port which, according to an intelligence input, may have Rs 400 crore as fake currency.

‘We will open it today,’ said the official. Another official in Mumbai said that some AK-47 rifles might have reached an inland container terminal in Tughlakabad, Delhi.

However, a DRI official refused to confirm any seizure. Customs has sent a circular to all its managers at container freight stations in Chennai Customs Zone asking them to report for duty on Sunday.

They have also sought reinforcements for CISF cover at Chennai Port. Sources confirmed that searches are being conducted in a certain portion of the Chennai Port. Inbound cargo has not been affected, they said.

Customs stopped clearing import cargo at Chennai, Ennore and Kattupalli ports. ‘It is part of a nationwide alert, a few other cities have also been alerted,’ said an officer. ‘Nothing can move out of the port without DRI’s clearance.

However, export cargo is allowed to be passed,’ he said With R K Nagar Assembly constituency going for bye-elections on 12 April, the DRI searches in Chennai Port located near the place has garnered importance.


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