Truck-load of explosives seized in Chhattisgarh

May 23rd, 2008 - 2:27 pm ICT by admin  

Raipur, May 23 (IANS) An unclaimed truck, loaded with about nine tonnes of gelatine explosives, was seized here, the police said Friday. The recovery has sent the police into a tizzy. They have started a probe on whether the explosives in the truck, parked on the outskirts of Raipur, were meant for leftist insurgents or for terrorism activities here.

The truck was found abandoned Thursday, a few metres away from the national highway that connects the Chhattisgarh capital to the industrial cities of Bhilai and Nagpur.

“We can’t imagine that an unclaimed truck loaded with gelatine explosives boxes could be found in Raipur. These were kept in wooden boxes,” Lal Umed Singh, city superintendent of police, told IANS.

He said: “A probe is on and we can’t rule out possibility that the explosives were brought here either for terrorism purposes in Raipur or for supplying to Maoists who are very active in the state’s southern Bastar region.”

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