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Algerian tourist held with bullet acquitted

Convicted in May this year for allegedly carrying a live bullet in his baggage at the Khajuraho airport,an Algerian tourist was acquitted by a court in Chhatarpur

Written by Milind Ghatwai | Bhopal | Published: July 12, 2012 12:38:14 am

Convicted in May this year for allegedly carrying a live bullet in his baggage at the Khajuraho airport,an Algerian tourist was Wednesday acquitted by a court in Chhatarpur.

Nehar Redouane,a tourist,was awarded one-year rigorous imprisonment by the court of Judicial Magistrate First Class after a quick 11-day trial in May. The prosecution had underlined his Algerian nationality to argue that he could be testing security standards at Indian airports for a possible terror strike in future.

The 32-year-old musician was caught at the airport on May 11 when he was about to board a flight to Delhi. The CISF staff said they found a bullet in his baggage.

Nehar was part of a group of four tourists who had travelled to the temple town in Madhya Pradesh from Varanasi. While the prosecution had argued that he had picked up the bullet from a street in Jaipur,his lawyer Pawan Mishra said the bullet had found its way to Nehar’s baggage after he had an argument with the CISF officials.

Mishra said the acquittal order by Chhatarpur Sessions Judge V K Jain said the CISF officials had not followed proper seizure procedure. While there were contradictions in the statements of CISF officials,the court said the bullet was not found in his actual possession.

Nehar spent 17 days in jail after which he was released on bail. His passport had been impounded and he was asked not to leave the town.

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