In a bizarre incident, the security at Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport apprehended three men with Rs 2.9 crore in cash allegedly hidden in their rectums.
Yes, you read that right.
According to a report in Times of India, the amount was wrapped in plastic pouches and hidden in their body cavity, sources in the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) said.
DRI officials intercepted them as they landed at the IGI airport from Dubai at 4:30 am.
A senior officer was quoted by TOI as saying, "During their search, some currency notes were recovered from their turbans. But most of the money was found inserted in their rectum, neatly wrapped in plastic." Officers said it was one of the biggest seizures of its kind at IGI.
DRI officers said that they received a tip-off on the three men and they were scheduled to catch a domestic Indigo flight. The trio was detained for questioning after the currency seizure. They said the money was for starting a business abroad. According to the officials, there is no upper limit to the foreign currency, but the carriers should be able to produce convincing evidence on the source of the money.
Suspecting a larger syndicate, an officer said, "The three passengers were offloaded by the airline. More investigations are on and the trio's background is being checked. We are also looking at records to see if they were involved in smuggling in the past."