59 Airports On High Alert To Check Cash Smuggling


New Delhi: At least 59 airports have been put on high alert by the Central Industrial Security Force after a businessman, carrying Rs 3.5 crore in cash, was apprehended at the Dimapur airport, in Nagaland.

All CISF commandants have been directed to be on high alert following reports that many people are using the tax exemptions to tribals in the Northeast to transfer money.

The CISF’s order comes at a time when the government has demonetised high denomination currency in a bid to fight black money menace.

The Rs 3.5 crore cash was later traced to Anato Zhimom, son-in-law of former chief minister Neiphiu Rio, and was found to be legitimate. Zhimon, being a tribal, produced the tax exemption certificate. Scheduled tribes in Nagaland, Manipur, Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram are exempted from paying taxes.

The incident, however, has set the alarm ringing among investigating agencies who suspect that many could use this route to transfer their ‘black money’ to tribal areas and convert it into ‘white’.