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Empty cartridge found on man at airport

A Mexican national was stopped for questioning at the Delhi airport after an empty cartridge was found in his luggage.
Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 23, 2009 12:14 AM IST

A Mexican national was stopped for questioning at the Delhi airport on Saturday afternoon after an empty cartridge was found in his luggage. He was allowed to go after he said the cartridge was just a gift from a friend.

The incident happened around 2.30 pm on Saturday when the passenger, Quintera Albarram, was stopped by Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel after something suspicious was detected in his hand baggage during security check.

While checking his bag, CISF officials found a 7.62 bore empty cartridge. "When he was questioned, the passenger said that the empty cartridge was gifted to him by a friend, which he had kept it the bag," said a senior CISF official who didn't wished to be named. "According to security circulars, carrying empty bullet cartridges is not an offence and we released him. If he were carrying a live cartridge, we would have taken some action," he said.

The passenger had to take an IndiGo flight to Kolkata (6E-203) in the afternoon.

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