A passenger travelling to Riyadh from Hyderabad was nabbed at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Shamshabad as two live bullets were found in his baggage when he was checking-in. The accused was identified as 30-year-old Alibeen Osman, a native of old Palamur in Mahabubnagar district in Telangana.
He was scheduled to board Emirates flight number EK – 527, when he was caught by security officials from the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF). Officials said that he did not have any valid documents or permission to show that he was allowed to carry the ammunition.
A case has been registered under relevant sections of the Arms Act and investigation is ongoing. The RGIA police said that he was remanded to judicial custody and further details would be revealed soon.
This is not the first time that such an incident has come to light. In March this year, YSRCP MLA Y Sai Prasad Reddy was detained at the Hyderabad airport after live ammunition was found in his baggage.
The security personnel at the airport found four 0.32mm bullets in the carry-on baggage of the Adoni legislator as he was boarding a Thai Airways flight to Bangkok on a personal trip, which immediately raised an alarm.
However, the RGIA police later found out that the MLA had a valid license for the weapon till 2020, and after following due procedure, the legislator was let off. The police said that a General Diary entry was made.
Security in the state and at the airport has also been beefed up in view of the upcoming elections in Telangana, scheduled to be held on December 7.
The Telangana police have already asked gunholders with valid licenses to hand over their weapons and ammunition to authorities until the election process is complete. Exceptions have been made to private security personnel who can prove that it is essential for them to carry their weapon.