Srinagar: Anti-hijacking squad Monday detained an Indian army soldier for carrying two live grenades with him at high security Srinagar Airport.
Police sources said that rifleman Bhupal Mukhia of 17 Jammu and Kashmir Rifles, presently posted at one of the army camps at Boniyar Uri in North Kashmir was about to board an Air India chartered flight from Srinagar to Delhi when anti-hijacking squad personnel frisked him and recovered two live grenades from his possession.
The rifleman was whisked away and shifted to police station Humhama for questioning. The accused hails from Darjeeling. He is being questioned while investigation has been set into motion, police said.
Shortly after the incident, former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah retweeted: Not something one would usually forget to unpack before boarding a flight. Tells a wider story of the problem of unaccounted weapons & ammo.
During early questioning, the accused soldier reportedly said he was unaware of the presence of grenades in his possession. Later, the Jawan revealed that he was carrying the grenades for catching fish by carrying blast in the river. He also informed that two more junior level officers were involved and he was being used as a courier, according to Army sources
Pertinently, in February this year, an army man was arrested from the Srinagar Airport after security staff recovered 15 rounds of 7.62mm from his possession. The Rifleman P.K.Gouda, a resident of Bihar with 47 Rashtriya Rifles was scheduled to board on an Indigo flight 6E 694 to New Delhi.
Will take action: Army
Hours after an army man was held at Srinagar International Airport by the security officials for carrying two grenades, Army Monday said that it will investigate the matter and take action against the accused.
A soldier has been caught carrying grenade in his pocket as reported by the Airport authorities. The matter is under investigation. As per due process of law, the Army will take action against the individual, Army spokesman Rajesh Kalia told KNS.
The anti-hijacking team of Jammu and Kashmir police arrested the army soldier at the Sheikh-ul-Alam International Airport who was travelling with two grenades.
Necessary action will be taken against him. I am heading to the airport now, DGP SP Vaid told reporters after wreath laying ceremony of a cop killed in grenade attack in Nowhatta Sunday evening.
It was hijack bid: MLA
Independent MLA Er. Rasheed said that recovery of grenades from Army Jawan at Srinagar Airport has proved yet again that security agencies are themselves involved in mysterious activities and there is every chance to reach the conclusion that said cop had to hijack the passenger plane to use the incident against Kashmiris mass resistance.
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