Saturday, December 19, 2020

Former BJP MLA held with 16 live bullets at Bengaluru's Kempegowda International Airport

Bengaluru: A former BJP MLA from Lingsugur in Raichur district was nabbed at Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) with 16 live bullets, compatible with a .32mm-caliber pistol, in his handbag. Sleuths from Central Industrial Security Force seized the ammunition and handed him over to Bengaluru police.

Airport sources identified the politician as Manappa D Vajjal, 60, who was to travel to Hyderabad on Wednesday via Air India flight AI 568, scheduled to depart at 1pm from KIA. A CISF team, which was carrying out security checks on passengers and their hand luggage, spotted something unusual when Vajjal’s handbag passed through the scanner. Officers soon intercepted the BJP functionary and opened the bag in his presence to find 16 live bullets of a .32mm caliber handgun. Following preliminary probe, the airport security team handed Vajjal over to KIA police for further investigation and legal action, sources added.

In a similar case on Tuesday evening, another CISF team unearthed a single bullet of a .32mm caliber handgun from the wallet of a passenger, who was identified as Faisal Kazi from Dharwad. It was spotted during screening of his hand luggage before he was scheduled to board IndiGo flight 6E 181 from Bengaluru to Mangaluru. Kazi was also handed over to KIA police, airport sources said.

19/12/20 Petlee Peter/Times of India

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