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An American woman of Indian origin was arrested at the Amritsar airport on Wednesday after the police allegedly found 25 live cartridges in her baggage.  

The 52-year-old woman, Manjita Kaur Dhillon was scheduled to travel to Delhi from Amritsar by Jet Airways when she was detained by the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel after they recovered 25 live cartridges and an empty cartridge from her handbag when she was frisked.

Her arrest was confirmed by Airport police station in charge Mohan Singh, who also said that the American embassy has been informed about it, according to a PTI report.

"Such cartridges were rarely available in India," Mohan Singh said. The police are investigating the matter.

The woman could not explain about the presence of the cartridges in her bag or produce relevant legal papers for possessing the cartridges. 

Mohan Singh said that the police would file a case against her under the Arms Act. 

CISF Commandant Suman Kumar said that Dhillon was scheduled to board another flight to Pune for her journey to Los Angeles from Mumbai on Thursday.

Her initial interrogation revealed that she had come to India with an Indonesian group. She claimed that she attended a marriage function at Nawanshehar (in Punjab).

The woman also claimed that some of her relatives with whom she had strained relations, could have put the cartridges in her bag, The Times Of India quoted Kumar as saying.