Live cartridges found in Kotla loo before match
Barely two hours before the India-Australia match on Saturday, as many as seven live cartridges were found from a restroom inside Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium, reports HT Correspondent.delhi Updated: Nov 03, 2009 00:08 IST
Barely two hours before the India-Australia match on Saturday, as many as seven live cartridges were found from a restroom inside Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium.
According to the police, the live rounds were found wrapped in paper in one of the restrooms on the second tier of the stadium.
Police said there was 'no security risk' after the rounds were seized as they suspected it belonged to a security personnel posted at the stadium for the Saturday match.
“Some security personnel carrying extra rounds might have accidentally forgotten them inside the restroom,” said a senior police officer on the condition of anonymity, as he was not authorised to speak to the media.
“We are looking into the matter and trying to find out who left them there. But we are sure that there was no security threat of any kind and the match went on peacefully,” said the police officer.
The cartridges wrapped in a paper was retrieved by the personnel of the bomb detection squad and dog squad while they were conducting their final security check at around 12:30 pm, two hours before the commencement of the match which India won.
Police are also investigating whether any civilian had brought the cartridges inside the compound.
“We are not ruling out anything. We are probing all possible angles,” said the officer.
Police have asked the authorities to provide a list of people who work at the stadium and also those who have access to the different areas.
The police are also checking if a private security personnel authorised to carry arms and accompanying a VIP left them inside the restroom.
According to the officer, the matter was kept under wraps, as it could have created panic among people on the day of the match.
A case was registered at the IP Extension Police Station under relevant sections of the Arms Act.
No arrests have been made so far.