Muscat: An Omani family has landed in trouble in the south Indian state of Kerala after the state police arrested them for reportedly exchanging fake Indian currencies at a hotel they were staying.
The Omani family travelled to Kerala for treatment at a hospital in Ernakulam, the business capital of the state. "The Omani family is held in hotel by Cheranaloor Police station officials. The police were called by the hotel management after they found fake Indian currency among the amount paid by the Omani family," sources added.
It is learnt that the Omani family had unwittingly purchased the Indian currency from a money exchange centre in Kabourah in exchange of Omani rials before travelling to Kerala.
Meanwhile, it is learnt that mission offices have initiated a probe into the issue to prove the innocence of the Omani family.
"The money exchange centre has already initiated a probe into the issue. With the CCTV visuals, they have reportedly been able to trace the real culprit who exchanged the fake Indian currency at the exchange, which landed in the Omani family's hand," the source added. "Both the mission offices and the exchange officials are trying their best to find the real culprit," the sources added.
A few months ago, an Indian woman worker who went back to India had also landed in trouble in a similar incident.
"Before going to India, she purchased Indian currency from a money exchange centre in Oman. When she went to a bank to deposit the amount, the bank officials found that some of them were fake bills," the source added.