2 US tourists produced in court for carrying arms, bail rejected

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Siliguri, Apr 15 (UNI) The bail application of two American nationals, arrested at the Bagdogra airport yesterday for carrying arms and ammunition, was rejected here today and they were sent to judicial custody till April 18.

Accused Monica Kay Bond (59) and her daughter Heather Bond (38), residents of Santa Barbara in California, were produced before Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Amit Chakraborty.

Defence lawyer Abhay Chatterjee, who appealed for bail on behalf of the foreign nationals, argued that under India's Arms Act they have not committed any offence.

The two women were carrying about 11 rounds of live ammunition of nine mm pistol in their baggage and were caught during the security check.

Deccan Airlines Security Supervisor at the Bagdogra airport Rajkumar Rai lodged an FIR at the Naxalbari police station following which the duo was arrested.

Both were on a tourist visa to India and holidaying at Darjeeling since March 24, police said, adding that they were supposed to go to New Delhi yesterday.

Superintendent of Police Rahul Srivastava said the duo claimed to have licence for a nine mm pistol but could not produce anything so far in its support.

He said on their request, a photo copy of licence from California was mailed to the investigators here but that date had been expired.

Mr Srivastav said if the US tourists failed to produce any document on ammunition then legal procedure would be initiated against them under the law of the land.

Srivasta said Monica who, claimed to be an employee of fire bridage in Califormina, and her mothers versions on ammunition were not same as per initial interrogation.

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