It was found ‘abandoned’ at Madurai airport

: A Russian-made airgun found “abandoned” close to the new terminal building created a flutter at the airport here on Thursday.

Alerted by an outsider, the Central Industrial Security Force personnel took possession of the gun, and other paraphernalia, including four cylinders, a plastic container of pellets and a leather cover of the gun at around noon, the police said.

During enquiry, it was found that a Russian national, Roman Kalashnikov (25), was caught carrying the airgun and other things in his baggage when he came to board the Madurai-Colombo Spicejet flight. The airways employees found the air pistol while scanning his baggage.

Mr. Roman had come to India in July and visited several places. The CISF officials handed over the airgun to the Perungudi police and lodged a formal complaint over the “abandoned” gun.