Port Blair: A passenger of an Indigo flight bound for Chennai was caught at Port Blair’s Veer Savarkar Airport in Andaman while trying to shift a huge amount of money.
Gopi Krishnan, 50, was caught with over Rs 16 lakh in new currency of Rs 2,000 and Rs 500 denomination.
CISF officials at the airport noticed Gopi due to his abnormal body language and were caught by CISF during the scanning process.
He was handed over to the local Police and later to the Income Tax Department for further investigation. Sources have confirmed that Gopi Krishnan was carrying an amount of Rs 16,18,440.
During the investigation the accused initially disclosed that the money was received as donation at some temple in Port Blair but later he confessed that it belonged to an affluent jeweller in Port Blair.
Meanwhile, the South Andaman Police headed by Deputy SP South Andaman, Nishant Gupta along with his team of SHO PS Aberdeen, Inspector Mahesh Yadav conducted an awareness programme at Mohanpura Market amidst the vendors and general public.
The Police team explained the vendors about the benefits of cashless transactions and how to use the mobile phones and chip based debit cards for transferring money.
The connectivity has always been an issue in the Islands but cops are taking all possible steps to provide basic information and alert the citizens about any use or misuse of digital payments.