A passenger bound for New Delhi was caught with nine live cartridges in his baggage at Bagdogra airport in West Bengal's Darjeeling district, police said on Tuesday.
The man was carrying the cartridges in his bag apparently for his grandfather who lives in Rajasthan's Pilani town and supposedly has a licensed gun, Inspector General of Police (North Bengal) RJS Nalwa told IANS.
"It seems the man in his 20s was ignorant about the rules like most Indian air travellers," he said.
The man, identified as NS Sekhawat, was scheduled to fly to New Delhi on Monday by an Air Deccan flight (DN 169) that was later cancelled due to inclement weather.
The cartridges were detected during luggage checking at Bagdogra airport, about 650 kms from Kolkata. The man was handed over to the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), which is entrusted with the security of the airports. The police arrested him.
"I don't think the man was a terrorist. The cartridges were for a .25 mm pistol. Most probably he was just ignorant about the rules," said Nalwa.
Darjeeling Police, however, said there were inconsistencies in the man's statement.