A 33-year-old housewife and daughter of a retired Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) was reportedly detained late Tuesday at the Mumbai international airport after she was found carrying four 9mm live bullets in her baggage.
The Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport's (CSIA) handed over the woman, Shwetali Adnaik, to Sahar police for further questioning. She has been booked under the Arms Act, 1959, according to Mid-Day report.
The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) detained Adnaik when she was going through the security check at the airport's "main Security Hold Area (SHA) located at Level 4 of Terminal 2," the Sahar police said.
She was there with her child and three relatives to board a Cathay Pacific CX 648 flight to Hong Kong, scheduled for departure at 1:30am on Wednesday.
The Assistant Commissioner of Police (Airport) Madhukar Sankhe said Adnaik told them she had no idea that there were bullets in her bag, which she said belongs to her father. She told the police that her father, a retired ACP, has licence to keep the pistol to which the bullets belong, she said.
"She said she had packed her luggage in the bag that belongs to her father and she was unaware about the bullets in it," The Times of India quoted Sankhe as saying.