17 live bullets were found from a washroom near the check-in area of Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport last month. Hours’ prior to the incident, a man travelling to Amsterdam was held with a bullet in his bag at the airport. He was arrested and let off on bail.
Police are now probing if the same man had dumped the bullets.
Three hours later, police were informed about the recovery of the 17 bullets in a garbage bin.
The Delhi Police have registered a case under the Arms Act to identify the person who dumped the 17 bullets and sent the consignment for forensic examination
An officer said the police will contact the passenger if the forensic report confirms that the bullets are of the same batch and make.
“We suspect the passenger was carrying 18 bullets. When he saw the security personnel, he may have tried to get rid of the bullets by throwing it in the washroom but accidentally left one in his bag. The lone seized bullet seems similar to those recovered in the washroom,” a police official said on condition of anonymity.
“The washroom is outside the area where security personnel frisk the bags. There are no CCTV cameras in the washroom so we cannot say for sure if it was the same passenger even though we suspect him,” the police said.
“The bullets were of 32 mm calibre. We often detect bullets in passengers’ bags but seizure of such a huge quantity is unusual,” said a CISF official.