Mumbai police frees Omani man on bail



Muscat: Forty-eight-year-old Ibrahim Mohammad Harib Al Hadarami, who had been arrested at Mumbai airport on December 7 after live cartridges were found in his luggage, was released on bail on Monday afternoon, according to a senior official of the Indian Embassy here.

Speaking to Times of Oman from Mumbai, Senior Inspector of Sahar Police Station, Ravindra Patil, said Hadarami was released from Sahar Police Station after the Metropolitan Magistrate 22nd Court, Andheri, granted him bail, adding "but he cannot leave India till further orders."

Hadarami was charged under Indian Arms Act Section 3, 25 and 10. A resident of Izki, Hadarami was travelling to India on a tourist visa.

"He had arrived in Mumbai by an Air India flight from Muscat and cartridges were found in his luggage while he was passing through the X-ray scanning machine at the Mumbai airport. It was then that the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) arrested him for illegal possession of live cartridges," he said.

During interrogation, he reportedly told the Mumbai Police that he forgot to keep the cartridges out of his bag after some celebrations back home at his village. "It was a mistake," he reportedly admitted before the police authorities in India.

Patil also said they had informed the Oman Consulate in Mumbai about his arrest. "They engaged a lawyer to pursue the case at Metropolitan Magistrate 22nd Court, Andheri," he said.

According to the Mumbai Police, Hadarami was travelling to India with his son, Ismail, to seek medical treatment for his eyes. "Now that he is released, they will come back to Oman after undergoing eye treatment," a senior official of the Indian Embassy said.

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