Jawan held with two grenades at Srinagar airport

SansadTV Bureau
Representational Image of security at the airport.  PTI Photo

Representational Image of security at the airport.
PTI Photo

An army jawan has been arrested from Srinagar international airport after two grenades were found in his possession. The soldier, identified as Bhupal Mukhiya of 17 Jammu and Kashmir Rifles, is posted in Boniyar area of Uri sector.

The jawan was taken into custody after two hand grenades were seized from his baggage during screening at the main gate of the airport, an official of the anti-hijacking force said.

He has been questioned by the police and CRPF. It is also reported that Mukhiya is a resident of Darjeeling and was going home on leave. He was to board a Delhi-bound chartered flight, the official said.

Meanwhile, Director General of Police SP Vaid said the jawan will face action as per the law.

“He will face action according to the law. Be it an army jawan, a policeman or a civilian, everyone will have to face action. I do not have more details yet. I am going to the airport and will get the details,” he told reporters on the sidelines of a function here.

Asked whether it was a hijacking bid, the DGP said, “I cannot say anything on that,” reported the news agency PTI.

The jawan reportedly told police that a packet containing grenades was given to him by a “superior official” for handing it over to someone at the Delhi airport.

A defence spokesman said action as per the law will be taken against the jawan.

“A soldier has been caught carrying grenade in a packet as reported by the airport authorities. The matter is under investigation. As per the law, the army will take action against the individual,” the spokesman said in a statement issued here.

Senior officials of the security wing of the state police refused to give more details about the case.

(With inputs from the PTI)