Pak national arrested with fake Indian currency

Kathmandu: A Pakistani national has been arrested from the the Tribhuvan International Airport for trying to smuggle in fake Indian currency notes having a face value of Rs 40 lakh.

45-year-old Karachi resident Mohammed Salim was arrested by airport security officials upon arrival on an Oman Air flight from Pakistan last evening.

"We have recovered the fake bank notes of Rs 1,000 denominations and 500 denominations from his possession," Deputy Inspector General Narayan Prasad Bastakoti said.

He attributed the seizure and arrest to new security measures in place at the country's only international airport.

"The police had been keeping a round-the-clock vigil at TIA for the past few months based on intelligence report that some racketeers are trying to smuggle fake Indian currency notes to Nepal before pushing them into India through the porous border," the senior police officer said.

The bank notes recovered from Salim's possession were hidden underneath the false bottom created in a paper carton.