Monday, July 20, 2009

Explosives found, 3 held

;Statesman News Service
PARALAKHEMUNDI, 19 JULY: The police stumbled upon a cache of explosives stored in a house near a quarry in front of the Minigam Food Corporation Godown here . According to the Gajapati district superintendent of police Mr Sanjeev Kumar Arora, the police had raided a few houses in the area on the basis of information relating to another crime and found a huge stock pile of explosives ~ 1200 detonators , 6 kg of ammonia nitrate, three packets of explosive caps and electric wires .
The quarry owner Mr M Narayana and the two labourers Mr Simiya Raita and Mr Ghasina Gamanga were arrested in this connection.
Local people however protested the arrest of the two labourers. “We were all sleeping when masked men with arms surrounded the houses near the quarry and barged into our huts. We were extremely frightened and could not understand who the strangers were .Then they found the explosives in the house of Mr Simiya which had been kept by the quarry owner yesterday afternoon when we were all away at our work,” said Mr Durlaba Nayak who is also working in the same quarry. The villagers also allege that the masked men assaulted all the members including the ladies in the houses and refused to reveal their identity.
The protesting villagers met the district collector Mr Prakash Chandra Das and presented a memorandum requesting him to release the two innocent labourers . “We are poor tribals working in the stone crushing unit and are in no way related to the storage of the explosives. The owner of the quarry occasionally used to visit the houses with the explosives which he stored for a day or two before taking them away,” said Mr Samsan Gamanga, who had come with the villagers .
The SP Mr Arora however said all possible angles including the Naxal one is being probed.. The incident has now put a question mark on the procurement procedures of the explosives for quarry and granite units.
It is also suspected that the quarry owner who was arrested may have been involved in the supply of explosives to the various quarries in the district .

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