An Indian army officer based at embassy in Kabul has been dismissed over allegations he possessed unauthorized weapons, Indian media reported Wednesday.
The colonel was working as the deputy military attaché.
“The colonel was expelled from the embassy in Kabul and his tenure was cut short after he was found to be in unauthorized possession of two sophisticated pistols which could not be accounted for in a probe conducted by a senior Indian Police Service officer,” Mail Today reported citing unnamed Indian government sources.
The officer was sent to India mid-way through his tenure, where he is expected to undergo another probe by the defense ministry
The officer with unauthorized pistols was intercepted by Afghan authorities a few months ago while he was returning to India on leave, the sources told the paper.
Following that, an investigation at the level of Indian foreign secretary office was launched, in which the Indian army officer could not establish the source of the weapons which were not registered at the embassy.
The officer was removed from the position and was referred to Indian defense ministry for an investigation.
The charges, however, were rejected by the officer who said the weapons carried by him were due to an “inadvertent error.”
During the investigation, allegations of other serious kind of misconduct also surfaced against the officer, the paper said without providing details.