Bangla man with 36 bullets

A 71-year old Bangladeshi man was arrested at the Calcutta airport after 36 revolver bullets were found in his registered luggage on Monday morning.

By Our Bureau
  • Published 11.09.18
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Dum Dum: A 71-year old Bangladeshi man was arrested at the Calcutta airport after 36 revolver bullets were found in his registered luggage on Monday morning.

Md Golam Haidar, a resident of Sirajganj, was carrying a licence for the bullets that was valid only in Bangladesh, an official said.

Haidar came to the city on September 5 for his wife's treatment at a private hospital off EM Bypass. He, along with his wife and an attendant, was to board a Biman Bangladesh flight to Dhaka around 8am on Monday.

Haidar checked in his luggage, went through security check and was waiting to board the flight when the inline baggage scanner detected the .32 bore revolver bullets in his registered baggage, a Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) officer said.

The four-level inline baggage check-in system became operational in the international section of Calcutta airport two years ago. Luggage deposited at the check-in counter of an automated inline scanning system goes through X-ray machines on a conveyor belt fitted with cameras and sensors. Images of the luggage are screened by trained security personnel in a control room.

It is mandatory for all luggage to go through two X-ray machines. Luggage cleared by the control room goes to a designated area in the airport's basement, where the airline's luggage handlers take over.

If the control room doubts the contents of a bag, it is put through a third X-ray machine. An experienced screener checks the image and, if cleared, the bag goes to the basement. If not, it is sent to the fourth level, where the owner is called and the bag checked manually.

Haidar's bag was brought out of the system after the third level. He was summoned to the airline's security office.

An officer of the airport police station said Haidar told them during questioning that he had a licensed revolver in Sirajgunj and the bullets were for that gun. Haider also showed the officers a card that identified him as a "Muktijoddha".

Haider has been charged under Section 25 (1A) of the arms act (possession of prohibited arms or ammunition) and will be produced in a Barrackpore court on Tuesday. If convicted, he can be jailed for up to 10 years.