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Soldier Arrested With Two Grenades At Srinagar Airport

During interrogation, the jawan admitted the involvement of junior level officers and that he was just a 'courier'.

03/04/2017 2:16 PM IST | Updated 03/04/2017 2:35 PM IST
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SRINAGAR -- An army jawan was on Monday arrested from the international airport here following recovery of two grenades from his possession.

Bhopal Mukhiya of JAK Rifles, who is posted at Uri, was taken into custody after two hand grenades were recovered from his possession during search at the main gate of the airport, an official of the anti-hijacking force said.

The jawan who was immediately grilled after being arrested had claimed that he was carrying the grenades back home to Darjeeling, in order to cause blasts in rivers to catch fish.

However, sources state, that upon being pressed upon, the jawan admitted the involvement of junior level officers and that he was just a 'courier'.

However, agencies are investigating the angle of mischief or an oversight that caused the development.

Director General of Police S P 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."

On the recovery of 14 mobile phones from a sub-jail in Baramulla on Sunday, the state police chief said it was a security breach.

"The mobile phones were recovered after a search. It is a security breach. We have seized them and they (inmates) will face action," he said.

Asked whether calls were made to Pakistan from those mobile phones, the DGP said the J&K Police's cyber team was probing the matter.

"Our cyber forensic team will fully investigate... will check all numbers and then action will be taken," he said.

Referring to Sunday's grenade attack in Nowhatta area of the city in which a policeman was killed, the top cop said: "It is a reality that militants fire and lob grenades during stone-pelting protests. It is a way to engage the security forces."

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