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US national held at airport for carrying live cartridges

The Sahar police arrested a 41-year-old US national from the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport on Friday night for allegedly carrying seven live cartridges with him.

The Sahar police arrested a 41-year-old US national from the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport on Friday night for allegedly carrying seven live cartridges with him. The police said they seized the cartridges that were stored inside a jacket in his baggage.

The American citizen was identified as Henry H Hahn,an electronics engineer from Texas. According to the police,he has been working on an oil rig in Andhra Pradesh for the past few years and therefore frequently shuttles between India and the US. On an average,each of his previous visit to the country lasted about a month.

“Hahn is a Texas resident and arrived in the city on March 12. He stayed at Hotel Orchid for a night and then took a chartered plane to Andhra Pradesh. After spending four weeks there,he returned to Mumbai on Friday and was to leave for the US the same night.

At the airport,the baggage screening machine detected live cartridges in his baggage. Immediately,the CISF personnel on duty opened his bag and seized seven live 0.22 calibre cartridges stored in his jacket,” said Senior Police Inspector Dilip Patil of the Sahar police station.The CISF officials handed over Hahn to the Sahar police at 3 am and he was booked under the Arms Act for illegal possession of ammunition.

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“Hahn has claimed that he owns a hunting licence in Texas and stated that after one of his hunting trips,he might have left the bullets inside his jacket and forgotten about them. He claimed that he was unaware of the bullets in his jacket until the authorities at the airport stopped him to check his baggage,” said Patil.

The police are now verifying Hahn’s antecedents and relevant documents. He was produced at the Bandra Metropolitan Magistrate’s court on Saturday morning and remanded to police custody till April 13.

“We will be verifying Hahn’s claims as anyone entering the city with arms or ammunition should declare it to the city commissionerate to obtain permission to keep it,” said Patil.

First published on: 12-04-2009 at 03:06:50 am
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