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78-yr-old prof with 6 bullets gives cops the slip

delhi Updated: Jan 25, 2010 00:43 IST
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The Delhi Police’s incompetence once again came to light when they lost track of Subroto Lahiri, a 78-year-old US-based Indian origin professor who arrived at the IGI airport with six live .22 bullets.

Lahiri was held at the airport by the CISF officers who found the cartridges in his bag. Lahiri was then handed over the Delhi Police. Lahiri, however, managed to slip away from them.

Making amends, Delhi Police has issued a lookout notice for Lahiri, a professor at a university in Arkansas.

“He landed here on Wednesday on an American Airline flight and boarded a coach to the domestic terminal for a Kingfisher flight to Kolkata. However, he left behind a bag from which six live cartridges were found. Lahiri was then held,” a senior police officer said.

Having no clue of his whereabouts the Delhi Police has asked their Kolkata counterparts to investigate and search for the professor. Kolkata Police, however, deny being contacted.

The Ministry of Home Affairs, on the recommendation of Delhi Police, has issued a lookout notice for Lahiri.

A Delhi Police team has been sent to Kolkata after a tip-off that a man fitting Lahiri’s description has been detained. “We are investigating if the man is Lahiri or not,” the officer said.

Lahiri was last reported to have boarded a an Indigo Airline flight to Kolkata. But his relatives there say they haven’t been contacted. His wife in US has also asked the US embassy in Delhi to look into the matter.

The Delhi Police let Lahiri go as they wanted a legal opinion before taking any action against him. Lahiri then complained of illness and was taken to a hospital. He discharged himself from there and allegedly took a flight to Kolkata.