Monday, March 30, 2009

Explosives recovered in Hazaribag villages

29 Mar 2009, 2326 hrs IST, TNN

HAZARIBAG: Police on Saturday night seized 60 quintals of ammonium nitrate from the houses of one Khyageshwar Mahato of Surajpuira and Prakash Mehta
of Suji village under the Padma police station of the district.

Briefing the media here on Sunday, DSP (headquarters) Naushad Alam said that the police also seized some bags containing sulphur powder from their houses.

The DSP said that the police conducted massive raids in the said villages following a tip-off received by Hazaribag SP Pankaj Kamboj in this regard. He said that the raiding team was headed by the officer in-charge of Padma police station, D D Yadav, and the officer in-charge of Ichak police station in the district.

Alam said that the explosives were supposed to be handed over to Maoists for the purpose of making bombs and laying land mines so that the entry of polling and security personnel in the remote areas of the district could be restricted during the elections.

He said that the police have launched a drive in the district to locate illegally stocked explosives so that the poll boycott call given by Maoists could be foiled.

Alam said that cases have been lodged against Mahato and Mehta under the explosives Act. He said that Mehta has been arrested by the Padma police.

Hazaribag SP Pankaj Kamboj said that the police conducted several raids in the district during the last fortnight to locate unauthorized explosives.

Meanwhile, in yet another raid conducted in village Chano, the police recovered 50 bags of ammonium nitrate and a 200-metre-long wire for laying land mines. Alam said that a hardcore Maoist Communist, who is a member of zonal commander Navin Manjhi's squad, has been arrested in this connection. Naxal literature and objectionable documents were also recovered by the police.

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