Sunday, April 22, 2007

Major arms haul in Varanasi

12 NEWS VARANASI: The police have seized 6,000 detonators and 400 highly explosive gelatin rods from near the Ramnagar area here, suspected to have been transported by naxalites to disrupt the ongoing Assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh.

A police team on patrolling duty near the Vishwasundari bridge on the border of Varanasi and Chandauli districts found the explosive materials ying abandoned in a jungle area late Friday night, Ramnagar police station in-charge K.D. Tripathi told PTI. The seizure in the area, prone to naxal activities, pointed to the possibility the consignment having been brought for carrying out subversive activities and vitiating the election process in the region, he said.

The plans of the MCC to avenge the killing of its selfstyled zonal commander Sanjay Kol in Chandauli district earlier this week in a gunbattle could be another motive for the transport of the explosives consignment.

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