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Man held with live bullets in Laxmi Ngr Metro station

Drawing lessons from the last week’s incident, wherein a man managed to sneak into a Metro station with a loaded gun and shot himself, the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) on Wednesday, detained a man who was trying to enter a Metro station with a country-made pistol and three live cartridges. The security personnel detected the weapon kept inside the bag during the screening.

“A CISF jawan posted at Laxmi Nagar Metro station detected three live rounds of bullets (8mm) and a country-made pistol from the bag of the accused, Anil Kumar Pandey (26), of Ghazipur, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. He works in a private mobile operator company in Delhi and recently got transferred to Bhatinda (Punjab). He had come to Delhi to collect his luggage,” said a CISF official on the condition of anonymity. “Pandey was later handed over to Delhi Metro Police for further investigation,” said the official.

The recent incident, in which a 22-year-old man managed to sneak in a gun and shot himself at the busy Rajiv Chowk station on last Thursday, has raised questions over security in the Metro network.

According to a statistics provided by the CISF, a total of 24 persons attempted to jump the security check but were detained by CISF personnel stationed at the Metro stations within the period of January to September 2015. The statement also mentions that 12 illegal arms and 70 cartridges were seized by the CISF in the same time period.

Meanwhile, in another incident which was reported on Tuesday, a man was detained at the Chandni Chowk Metro station when he was trying to pass his bag containing wine bottles through the Automatic Fare Collection (AFC) without going through the security check. The accused, identified as Farid, a local resident, was denied entry at the Metro premise with the wine bottles. He was later fined and asked to leave the station premises.
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