Army jawan detained at Srinagar airport for carrying live bullet in bag

Srinagar: A live bullet was found on Monday in the baggage of an army jawan at the Srinagar International Airport, after which he was detained, a security official said. The soldier Pandia Raj, who was proceeding to Delhi on leave, was handed over to the army for further investigation, the official said. Prima facie, it seems that the bullet was left behind in the bag "by mistake", the official added.

An Army jawan at the LoC. PTI

An Army jawan at the LoC. PTI

This is the second incident of an army soldier caught at the airport with live ammunition. On Monday, a jawan was arrested after two hand grenades and other ammunition were found in his baggage during the security screening.

He had claimed that the grenades had been given to him by a "superior official" for transporting these to Delhi.

Meanwhile, though militant activities have increased in Jammu and Kashmir, the security forces will ensure best possible arrangements for the upcoming Lok Sabha by-polls, a top CRPF official said on Tuesday. Special DG, CRPF, S N Srivastava's remark came against the backdrop of three militant attacks in as many days here ahead of the by-polls to Srinagar and Anantnag parliamentary constituencies on 9 and 12 April.

"An increase in militant activities was always expected. We already knew that such a thing will happen. "We are always ready for the challenge and will ensure that security arrangements for elections are as good as possible," he told reporters on the sidelines of the wreath laying ceremony held for the CRPF jawan killed in Monday's attack.

Published Date: Apr 04, 2017 17:16 PM | Updated Date: Apr 04, 2017 17:20 PM

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