Six Nepalis held with explosives in Chandigarh

December 9th, 2008 - 8:09 pm ICT by IANS  

Chandigarh, Dec 9 (IANS) Six Nepali citizens were Tuesday held for carrying explosives without legal permission, said the police but added that the arrested men were not likely to have any terror links. The six Nepalis were nabbed at the inter-state bus terminal at Sector 17 in a joint search operation of the Chandigarh police and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF).

“Five of the arrested are in their early 20s, while one is a minor. They were coming from a place in Himachal Pradesh somewhere ahead of Shimla where they worked at a stone-crushing plant and were going to Uttrakhand in search of new job,” S.S. Srivastava, senior superintendent of police, told mediapersons.

“After the preliminary investigation, we do not suspect their links with any terror outfit but we are still investigating and have also sent a team to Himachal Pradesh to verify their details from their previous employer,” said Srivastava.

The police recovered 12 gelatin sticks, two high-end explosives, six small detonators, a seven-metre fuse wire and 18 small bearings from their possession. They were also carrying two identity cards issued in Nepal and Rs.3,000 in cash with them.

“It might be the case that they had stolen these explosives from somewhere and were thinking of selling it to some anti-social elements. We will present them in court Wednesday and seek their remand for further questioning,” said Srivastava.

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