Thursday, August 01, 2019

Gun found in Chennai airport cargo, parcel manager detained

Chennai: A parcel manager has been detained and is being questioned for sending a parcel with a gun by an Indigo airlines flight from Chennai to New Delhi on Tuesday.
Tension prevailed at the airport around 1am after an alarm was triggered by a sensor at the final baggage checking area. A search by officials found a gun in one of the pieces of cargo baggage bound for New Delhi. Airport baggage claim officials conduct a final scan of the parcels before loading them on to the flight.
The officials tried contacting Patel Air Cargo, which was mentioned on the package. Since it was midnight and no one could be contacted for the package, security officials opened it and found a gun. The package was detained at the airport. In the morning, when officials contacted the cargo office, the manager of the firm visited the airport and said the package belonged to a customer, Venkat Raj Choudhary, from New Delhi. He told officials that Choudhary had sent a package to Chandigarh by train, but it was misplaced and had reached Chennai.
Venkat, who was their regular customer, contacted the cargo office and asked them to collect the package and send it to Delhi. The manager denied having knowledge of the contents of the package. The officials were not convinced and filed a complaint with the airport police station.
01/08/19 Times of India
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