passengers were allegedly caught carrying ammunition in their hand baggage
during screening at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport here this
year so far, police said on Sunday Feb 28 2021.
A senior police
official said all such passengers face criminal proceedings under the Arms Act.
He also said it
was a matter of concern that despite warnings passengers carry ammunition,
knowingly or unknowingly, with them.
From January 1 to February 26, a total of 19 cases
From January 1 to
February 26, a total of 19 cases, where ammunition was found in the passengers'
baggage during the security check, have been registered at the IGI airport
police station under sections of the Arms Act, police said.
A 44-year-old man
was caught with 19 live bullets of .32 bore in his hand baggage on February 14,
while he intended to travel to Bangalore from the IGI airport by a private
airline, according to data shared by police.
He told police he has an arms license
A case was
registered against him under the Arms Act and during interrogation, he told
police that the cartridges belonged to him and he has an arms license which is
valid in Karnataka state only, police said.
The man worked as
a general manager quality for a Bangalore-based garment factory, they said.
instance, a 21-year-old woman passenger, who was travelling from Delhi to Pune
on February 14, was caught carrying one live cartridge in her hand baggage
during screening at Terminal 2 of the IGI airport, police said.
interrogation, she told police that she is a housewife and her husband is a
constable in the Indian Army and posted at Patiala Cantt. Since she was
returning to her native place, she took her husband's trolley bag unaware of
the presence of a bullet in the bag which she claimed belonged to her husband,