BSF jawan forgets his ammunition in milk crate
The casual approach of a newly recruited Border Security Force (BSF) constable in handling his ammunition had security agencies, including the Delhi police, on their toes, forcing them to launch an operation to find out how 40 live cartridges had reached the premises of a Delhi Milk Scheme (DMS) plant in central Delhi.delhi Updated: May 12, 2012 00:54 IST
The casual approach of a newly recruited Border Security Force (BSF) constable in handling his ammunition had security agencies, including the Delhi police, on their toes, forcing them to launch an operation to find out how 40 live cartridges had reached the premises of a Delhi Milk Scheme (DMS) plant in central Delhi.
Teams of the Patel Nagar police station took as many as four days to establish the source and trace the BSF constable who had carelessly lost his ammunition pouch, containing two bullet magazines.
According to a senior police officer, the BSF jawan had put his ammunition pouch in an empty milk crate while on duty near a Mother Dairy booth at a camp in Chhawla.
"The on-duty BSF constable wanted to relax and so he kept his ammunition pouch in an empty milk crate. After some time, he left the place without realising he has forgotten his ammunition bag. It was too late when he realised his mistake and the milk crate had already been lifted from the spot by a DMS vehicle," said the senior officer, adding the milk van returned to the DMS’s milk processing plant in Shadipur area.
The bullet magazines containing 40 live cartridges of INSAS rifle, the senior officer said, was found the next day when the empty milk crate was being taken for a wash by a DMS employee.
The matter was brought to the notice of Virender Singh, the security officer of DMS, who in turn informed the Patel Nagar police.
"Since INSAS rifles are used by central paramilitary forces, a wireless message was flashed. But it did not help much, and then we searched all the Mother Dairy booths which were in paramilitary training camps. After four days of painstaking effort, we finally located the particular milk booth, the owner of which told us that a BSF constable had come to enquire about his missing ammunition pouch," added the officer.
Surprisingly, the BSF jawan, out of fear, had not informed his seniors or his colleagues about his missing cartridges, the officer said.
When contacted, a BSF spokesman said that action was being taken again the newly recruited constable.
According to the force, the ammunition had slipped out without the constable realising it. The missing ammunition has been recovered after permission of the local court, added the spokesman.