Sunday, October 13, 2019

Man booked for carrying live ammunition in baggage at Bangalore airport

Bengaluru: A 27-year-old Mysuru resident was caught at the Kempe Gowda International (KIA) airport on Saturday morning for carrying a live bullet in his hand baggage.

The passenger was heading to board a Vistara flight from Bangalore to New Delhi. The incident took place around 9.15 am when the passenger Abhishek was passing through the security gates. His flight UK 812 had a scheduled departure time of 9.45 am.

According to an airport source,  a prohibited bore (bullet)  was detected during the screening of his hand baggage. "The bag was immediately physically checked and one 5.56 mm ammunition was detected. The passenger did not have any statement submitted to the airline on having the prohibited item in his possession nor did he have any permission letter taken for it".

The passenger was not allowed to fly and handed over to airport police for legal action to be taken against him. Another source said the 5.56 mm bullet was used in the INSAS rifle which is a world-class rifle and the standard weapon of the Indian Army or security forces.

INSAS is an assault rifle cum light machine gun which fires bullets at a velocity of 2940 feet per second. The 5.56 mm bullet is lighter compared to other bullets like 7.62 mm and hence more bullets can be carried, he said.
13/10/19 S Lalitha/New Indian Express
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