A Correspondent

Nedumbassery: Officials of the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) on Thursday seized counterfeit Indian currency in the denominations of 500 and 1,000 to the tune of Rs.24.18 lakh from a passenger at the Cochin international airport.

Acting on a tip-off, a team of DRI officials arrested (Kuttappa Kurup) Gopinathan, 40, of Kunnam Kalakkatt in Mavelikara, on arrival from Dubai by an Emirates flight at 3.30 a.m. The notes were found concealed in three toy packets kept inside his checked-in baggage and on detailed examination, the currencies were identified as not genuine and printed in Pakistan. The consignment contained 20 bundles of 1,000-rupee notes and 10 bundles of 500-rupee notes.

Investigation, so far, revealed that Babu, a friend of his co-worker Rafi of Kozhikode, handed over the consignment to him just before his departure from Dubai. Gopinath was also told that the packet would be collected in Kochi. However, no person had come at the airport to receive the consignment, said the DRI officials.

Gopinath had gone to Dubai three years ago and was working as a plumber there. He was on his way back home after being jailed in Dubai owing to a visa problem.