The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) sleuths have arrested a Chinese national alleged to be member of an international hawala syndicate. Officials on Friday said, she was trying to smuggle out foreign currencies worth Rs 1.95 crore from the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi on Friday.
The DRI in a statement said, “Acting on specific inputs, a Chinese woman was intercepted in the security hold of IGI airport, while she was boarding a flight to Hong Kong.”
The statement further read, “We have seized $ 3 lakh concealed in sweet boxes which were specially made with false bottom for concealment.”
According to officials of the DRI, on questioning the arrested Chinese women they have learnt that the international hawala syndicate to avoid detection was using her as a carrier. She during questioning informed the intelligence agency that she had travelled to India several times on the direction of her handlers.
“Foreign hawala syndicate’s are using foreign nationals for sending forex from India and smuggling gold into the country for the past two years,” said DRI.