On Monday morning, April 3, a soldier was arrested at Srinagar International Airport, India, while trying to board a charter flight to Delhi carrying two grenades and live ammunition hidden in his baggage.
The soldier, who is identified as Bhupal Mukhiya of 17 JAK Rifles, serving near the Line of Control in the Uri sector of Kashmir, said in front of the police that he was carrying the grenades by orders of a “Major Sahib”. He had to take them to Delhi where another person will come to pick them up.
The dangerous weapons were found packed and concealed in multiple wrappings during a baggage check. The soldier was interrogated by the police and the Central Reserve Police Force who will continue investigating the matter.
Even though Srinagar is one of the most well guarded airports in the country and has multiple points of checking, Mukhiya was able to enter the airport without being stopped since the army members are not checked at the entry.
The most probable reason for smuggling the ammunition is for sale and the police hasn’t found any evidence for a possible terrorist attack.