Sunday, 28 November 2021

Indian soldier arrested with hand grenades at Srinagar airport


SRINAGAR: An Indian soldier was arrested this morning at the Srinagar airport after two grenades were found in his baggage. The soldier serves near the Line of Control in Indian Held Kashmir Kashmir, in the Uri sector. The Indian police say he was about to take a flight to Indian capital, Delhi when a baggage check revealed the grenades. A senior officer gave him the grenades to be handed over to someone in Delhi, sources quoted the soldier as saying. “Major sahib ne kaha tha (Major sir told me to do so),” the jawan said during his questioning. The explosives were found in the baggage as the soldier, posted near in the Line of Control in Uri, was to board a chartered Air India flight for security personnel. The jawan, identified as Bhupal Mukhia, is a resident of Darjeeling in West Bengal and is from 17 J&K Rifles. The incident has not been confirmed by either the army or police. Srinagar is one of the most guarded airports in the country, with an elaborate security drill in place. The soldier’s arrest comes a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Chenani-Nashri all-weather tunnel in the border state.

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