THE CISF, which handles security at 59 airports across the country, has compiled data on the cash and gold seized from domestic airports since the central government’s November 8 move to demonetise higher value currency notes.
The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) had also detained 34 passengers, of whom 17 were stopped at the Delhi airport alone.
Sources though said the CISF had not initiated legal action against such passengers or even stopped them from boarding their flights.
As per the compiled data, four domestic airports — in the cities of Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Guwahati — accounted for the bulk of the seizures: Rs 4.5 crore in cash and 15.622 kg of gold.
CISF personnel at airports and metro stations have been asked to scan baggage carefully.
“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,” a CISF official said.
Delhi: Rs 2.35 crore in cash and 3.65 kg of gold has been seized between November 10 and November 15.
The highest single-day cash recovery was of Rs 70 lakh made on November 12. The highest gold recovery of 3.65 kg was made on November 15
Mumbai: Rs 1.86 crore of cash seized on November 15
Kolkata: Rs 12.2 lakh of cash and 11.963 kg of gold seized on November 15
Guwahati: Rs 17.55 lakh of cash seized between November 15 and November 16. The highest cash recovery was of Rs 3 lakh, made on November 15