Huge quantities of explosive materials, including gelatin sticks, detonators and Ammonium Nitrate, were seized by the Anti-Terror Squad (ATS) of UP Police during raids in Kanpur and Jhansi on Thursday.
An FIR has been lodged against the arrested men under explosives act, top officials of the UP ATS said. They have for now ruled out the possibility that the explosives were supposed to be used for carrying out terrorist activities in the country and said that investigations in the case have been launched in full-force.
In the first raid on late Wednesday night, huge cache of explosive material, which included 30,000 detonators, 20,0000 gelatin sticks and six quintals of Ammonium Nitrate, was seized by the ATS officials in Kanpur, UP, while it was on its way to Bihar.
It was being transported by a truck with reg. no. UP 78 CN-2288 and was being escorted by a Scorpio car with reg. no. BR 26 G-6341. Officials said that both the vehicles have been seized and their drivers apprehended.
In another raid on Thursday afternoon, the ATS officials seized 92 sacks filled with Amonnium Nitrate and 4,000 detonators which were being stored in an under construction house in Jhansi, the district close to UP’s border with Madhya Pradesh.
The ATS officials arrested a total of five men during the two raids. In the first raid in Kanpur, the truck’s driver Nirbhay Mishra, who hails from UP’s Ambedkarnagar district, and three of his three associates in Scorpio, Vikrant Kumar Singh, Om Narayan Rai and Pankaj Kumar Singh, all from Bihar, were arrested.
After being interrogated, the arrested men revealed the location of another stockpile at a house in Moth tehsil of Jhansi. The ATS officials in association with the local Moth police raided the under-construction house and arrested its owner Charan Singh at Todi village. The local police also said that Singh had no license to keep under his possession such heavy quantity of explosive materials.
The recent raids were linked to the finding of an abandoned Santro car (BR o1 PA-7016) earlier on July 6 this year, officials said. The car contained three bags of electronic detonators and was found on the Panki flyover in Kanpur. The car was found to be stolen from Varanasi.