Hyderabad: Hyderabad Customs foiled a foreign currency smuggling bid and recovered money valued at Rs 54 lakh at Rajiv Gandhi airport on Tuesday.

Acting on specific intelligence, the sleuths inspected a snack packet in a bag bound to Dubai by EK-525 flight. It was found that foreign currency worth Rs 54 lakh was concealed in a boondi (snack) packet. The amount has been seized and the case is under investigation. The owner of the bag is yet to be identified, sleuths said.

Earlier, there have been several cases where gold and currency were found concealed in food, cloths, bags, belts, shoes.

Meanwhile, in an RTI filed by Hyderabad resident Robin Zaccheus, the government has said that for the last five years, people tried to smuggle 312. 872 kgs of gold.

According to the Principle Commissioner of Customs- the department has booked 536 gold smuggling cases at Hyderabad's Rajiv Gandhi International Airport over a period of 5 years. The value of the seized gold stands at Rs 96.15 crore. The highest number of 145 cases were booked in 2017-18.

The RTI also revealed that UAE, Qatar, Saudi Arabia are three top countries from which gold is smuggled into Hyderabad. Jeddah, Hongkong, Oman, Thailand, Srilanka, Bahrain, Jeddah, Malaysia are other destinations.

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