Army jawan caught with live bullet at Srinagar airport, a day after another soldier was held with grenades

Mohammed Uzair Shaikh
On Monday, soldier Bhopal Mukhia of 17 J&K Rifles was apprehended by the security personnel carrying two grenades along with him.

Srinagar, April 4: A day after an Army soldier was held with grenades by anti-hijacking squad at Srinagar airport, another jawan was held carrying a live bullet. The detained jawan, identified as constable Pandia Raj has been handed over to the Army by airport officials, NDTV  reported. Interrogation is currently underway.

On Monday, soldier Bhopal Mukhia of 17 J&K Rifles was apprehended by the security personnel carrying two grenades along with him. He was scheduled to board the flight to New Delhi. Upon interrogation, the detained soldier claimed that he was instructed by his senior to take the grenades along with his baggage and hand them over to someone in the national capital. “Major Sahib told me to do so,” he reportedly said during his questioning.

Mukhia was caught during the routine X-ray screening. He was carrying the hand grenades in his pocket, confirmed an army spokesperson. “The matter is under investigation. The army will take action against the individual,” he said.

Mukhia, who hails from Darjeeling region of West Bengal, was deployed in the sensitive Uri sector of Jammu & Kashmir. A seat in the chartered flight for security personnel was booked by him for travelling to New Delhi.

Jammu & Kashmir police chief S P Vaid assured stringent action against those found guilty. “Whether it is an armyman or a civilian, everybody will be dealt with firmly in accordance with the law,” he was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times after Mukhia’s arrest.