Man returning from Paris arrested at Mumbai airport for carrying a bullet on flight
Mumbai city news: The man said that a friend in America gifted him the bullet as a souvenir, was unaware of rules.mumbai Updated: Jul 18, 2017 13:51 IST
The Sahar police on Sunday arrested a 25-year-old man who was caught carrying a pistol’s bullet in his luggage while on his way to Mumbai from Paris. He has been booked under the Indian Arms Act.
According to the Sahar police, the accused, identified as Varun Kalra, a resident of Godhra, Gujarat, had gone to the United States of America and Paris for a trip. He had taken an American flight from Los Angeles to Atlanta on July 13 and then from Atlanta to Paris. A friend from America gave him the bullet as a souvenir, Kalra claimed in his police statement.
He landed in India from Paris at the CST International Airport in on Monday morning. During a security check, an official from the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) found a Blazer Luger 9 mm bullet, which is used in pistols.
The bullet was kept in the front pocket of one of his bags. When questioned if he had a license for carrying the ammunition and what was the purpose behind carrying it, Kalra had no answers and was detained at the Airport.
Kalra said he was not aware that carrying bullets on flights was against the law. However, as per the procedure, the CISF alerted the Sahar police and Kalra was handed over to them.
“You cannot escape the law by saying that you are ignorant of it. Other countries allowed passengers to carry bullets on flight, but in India you cannot carry any weapon or bullets without permission from the government,” said senior police inspector Baburao Mukhedkar of Sahar police station.
The Sahar police booked Kalra under section 3 (license for acquisition and possession of firearms and ammunition) and 25 (punishment for section 3) of the Indian Arms Act. The police are now questioning him as to why he was carrying a bullet and where he bought it from.