Explosives seized in Chandigarh possibly stolen

December 11th, 2008 - 3:14 pm ICT by IANS  

Chandigarh, Dec 11 (IANS) Police Thursday said the six Nepali labourers, including one minor, who were arrested with explosives here Tuesday, might be linked with a probable explosives scandal in the Public Works Department (PWD) in Himachal Pradesh. Police had recovered 12 sticks of gelatin dynamite, two high-end explosives, six small detonators, seven metres of fuse wire and 18 small bearings from the labourers, who had allegedly stolen them from a contractor they were working for on a road construction project in Rohru in Himachal Pradesh (HP), around 250 km from here.

Assistant Superintendent of Police Madhur Verma told IANS that they they did not suspect the arrested Nepali labourers had any links with terror outfits but investigations were on.

“It might be possible that some anti-social elements were using these Nepali labourers just as carriers to supply the explosives. Only one of the arrested six is well conversant in Hindi while the other five could not speak the language”, he said.

A team of Chandigarh police team, which went to Rohru, arrested Vipul Kumar, the contractor and brought him here Thursday.

“We have booked the contractor under the Explosives Act and brought him to Chandigarh for the interrogation. He was unable to produce the license required for the explosive material”,

Verma said they had also verified the call details of two mobile phones that they had recovered from the labourers but found nothing suspicious in it.

“They had made only seven-eight calls to their relatives residing in HP. We have also informed the Nepal Embassy of the arrests and sought the details of these labourers,” he said.

Taking the issue seriously, police in Himachal Pradesh have also started checking the Public Works Department (PWD) stores in the state where gelatin sticks are usually stored to see if any explosives are missing.

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