New Delhi: Two men, including a former
village sarpanch, on Thursday attempted to enter the high-security
North Block housing Home and Finance Ministries allegedly
carrying two live cartridges but were arrested.
The duo claimed they were trying to get an audience
with Minister of State for Finance Namo Narain Meena to invite
him for a wedding when they were apprehended at Gate No 2 of
the North Block by security personnel at around 2:30 pm.
Mukesh Kumar and Moti Lal, hailing from Rajasthan`s
Sawai Madhopur, were intercepted by CISF officials guarding
the North Block after they were "found to be carrying" two
live cartridges, a senior police official said.
"They told us that they were carrying a wedding card
for Meena and that they had earlier gone to Meena`s residence
to invite him. They could not meet him there so they came to
his North Block office," he said.
Kumar, a former sarpanch of Rajasthan`s Wazirpur
village, and Lal were caught after cartridges were found in
the former`s bag during the X-Ray baggage checking at the entrance
of the Finance Ministry.
Meena, a former IPS officer, is an MP from Tonk-Sawai
Madhopur in Rajasthan.
"The recovered bullets were of 9mm. It was detected
when the bags were passed through X-Ray machines. The
cartridges were found from Kumar`s bag," the official said.
They did not have a license and could not explain the
presence of cartridges either, the official said adding CISF
handed over Kumar and Lal to Delhi Police.
"They were questioned by police and intelligence
agencies. They were placed under arrest as they could not
provide a coherent explanation about the presence of the
bullets in their bag," the official said.