Indian soldier caught with two grenades at Srinagar airport

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A soldier was arrested on Monday morning at the Srinagar airport in Jammu and Kashmir with two grenades in his baggage.

 

According to a report by NDTV, he was arrested as he attempted to take a Delhi-bound flight. It was during the baggage check when police found two grenades in his luggage.

The jawan has served near the Line of Control in the Uri sector.

The jawan has been identified as Bhupal Mukhiya of 17 JAK Rifles. Mukhiya blamed a major rank officer, who according to him, told him to carry the consignment.

“He said he was directed by Major Sahib to carry the grenades to Delhi, where some person would pick up the consignment,” said a senior police officer.

However, the cops interrogating said that they will probe his claims further.

A police officer said, “We are not taking his claim at face value and we are investigating based on evidence.”

A defence spokesman said action will be taken against the jawan as per the law.

“A soldier has been caught carrying grenades in a packet as reported by the airport authorities. The matter is under investigation. As per the law, the army will take action against the individual,” the defence spokesman said in a statement issued here.

Director General of Police S P Vaid told reporters: “He will face action according to the law. Be it an army jawan, a policeman or a civilian, everyone will have to face action.”

Asked whether it was a hijacking bid, the DGP said: “I cannot say anything on that.”

Senior officials of the security wing of the state police refused to give more details about the case.

(With PTI inputs)

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