Himachal Pradesh Police on today seized about Rs.30 lakh of unaccounted foreign and Indian currency from two people who were on the way to McLeodganj, the abode of Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, a police official said.
“We seized the cash from a luxury car bearing registration number of Delhi and two occupants of the car, who are Tibetans have been detained,” a police official told.
He said the recovered foreign currency included Chinese yuan and US dollar. “The Indian rupee amounted to Rs.26 lakh,” he added. The vehicle was intercepted at Mehatpur in Una district, bordering Punjab. Police believe the money was meant for a monastery in McLeodganj on the outskirts of Dharamshala town.
In 2011, the police arrested two people from the same spot and seized unaccounted Rs.1 crore from them. On the basis of their interrogation, the police a day later raided the monastery of Tibetan religious head and 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje, the third most important Tibetan spiritual leader, on the outskirts of Dharamshala and seized about Rs.6 crore of unaccounted foreign and Indian currency.