Srinagar: An Army jawan was arrested this morning at the Jammu and Kasmir's Srinagar airport carrying two grenades with his luggage. He has allegedly told the police and security forces that he was directed by one "Major Shaib" to take the grenades to Delhi.
The jawan has been identified as Bhupal Mukhiya of 17 JAK Rifels, who serves near the Line of Control in the Uri sector of Kashmir.
According to the police he was about to take a charted flight to Delhi when a baggage check revealed the grenades. He was jointly interrogated by the police and the Central Reserve Police Force or CRPF.
"He said he was directed by Major Sahib to carry the grenades to Delhi, where some person would pick up the consignment," said a senior police officer.
"We are not taking his claim as face value and we are investigating based on evidence," the officer added.
However, the police is investigating where the grenades were taken from.
Srinagar is the most heavily guarded airport in the country with multiple points of checking. The soldier entered the airport without being stopped because there is no checking for the army at the entry.
Bhupal Mukhiya is from Darjeeling in West Bengal, the police said.
He severs in Uri, where last year 19 soldiers lost there lives in an attack on an army camp, noted as one of the worst attack in Jammu and Kashmir in recent years.
The arrest comes a day after a high-profile visit by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who opened inaugurated the Chenani-Nashir tunnel near Udhmpur in Jammu.
Hours after the event, a policeman was killed and 14 security personnel were injured in a grenade attack by militants in Srinagar.