Thiruvananthapuram, May 11 (IANS): Police in Kozhikode, Kerala, have launched an in-depth investigation into how 266 live ammunition were found on uninhabited land near the Nellikode Bypass Road, officials said on Wednesday.
According to experts, the recovered bullets are used in .22 rifles which are normally owned by shooting clubs and police who primarily use it as a practice weapon.
Police said it was Monday when a team of professionals, measuring land near the single-occupied lot, found a few bullet-shaped items in the latter area.
They initially thought they might be beads used in metal jewelry making, but a motor transport official who was also present correctly identified them as bullets.
The local police have been notified. On Tuesday, during a detailed inspection by the bomb squad, they found a package and opened it to find around 255 bullets.
During further research, they recovered a target used by Rifle Clubs and it was discovered that only one bullet had been fired.
Preliminary findings from the police investigation team suggest the bullets may have been dropped by someone. City Police Commissioner A. Akbar, however, is not leaving anything to chance and has launched an investigation.