In a significant development today, a Mechanical Engineer from Texas, USA, was arrested with live cartridges at the Biju Patnaik International Airport while he was trying to go to Paradip in a chopper. The US national was identified as William Michael Hurtubis (27). He was caught with eight point 22 mm bullets. William pleaded innocence and claimed that he had a licenced pistol in America and by mistake, brought the cartridges.
The US Embassy in Delhi has been informed about the incident. A team of NIA officials may arrive in Bhubaneswar to interrogate William, who has denied involvement in any criminal activities. He had come to Bhubaneswar on Tuesday and even stayed at a city-based luxury hotel.