BENGALURU: A passenger was caught carrying a live bullet in his wallet at the Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) on Sunday evening.
The suspect claimed no knowledge of the ammunition that was found inside his wallet during security checks by personnel of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) on duty at the Bengaluru airport.
According to airport sources, around 7 pm on Sunday when a flyer, identified later as Kartikaya Bhardwaj of North West Delhi, was intercepted after CISF personnel who spotted something in his wallet placed inside his hand luggage and sent in for scan. He was immediately escorted off and physical examination of his bag unearthed a 7.65 (KF) mm active bullet compatible for a pistol.
Bhardwaj, who was scheduled to take SpiceJet flight SG 198 to Delhi from Bengaluru which took off at 8.19 pm on Sunday, claimed that he was unaware of how the bullet came in his bag. He claimed that he and his family had arrived in Bengaluru to attend some social events and was returning to Delhi on Sunday night.
As he wasn’t in possession of any valid documents or licence pertaining to the ammunition, the CISF sleuths handed him over to the KIA police team with the bullet. The city police have registered a case and are probing further, sources added.