Soldier held after baggage check reveals 2 grenades in Srinagar airport

Cursory check revealed that he was carrying two grenades in his baggage. (Representational image)

A soldier of 17 JAK Rifles was arrested on April 3 at Srinagar civil airport after a cursory check revealed that he was carrying two grenades in his baggage. He apparently told the security forces that he was carrying the grenades for fishing.

The jawan allegedly worked at the Line of Control in the Uri sector. Bhupal Mukhiya—he was taken to a police station in central Kashmir’s Humama for interrogation—was about to take off on a chartered flight to Delhi when he was arrested.

“We aren’t taking his claim at face value. We are probing the source of the grenades. The grenade he was carrying is Grenade 90, which is used for exercises,” said the police. The arrest comes around 24 hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s inauguration of the nearly 10km-long Chenani-Nashri tunnel in Jammu.

It may be noted that Srinagar airport is heavily guarded and Mukhiya entered the airport without being stopped as the army personnel here are rarely checked.

Meanwhile, former J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah tweeted, “It is not something one would usually forget to unpack before boarding a flight. Tells a wider story of the problem of unaccounted weapons & ammo.”