The Madhya Pradesh police on Wednesday seized an SUV loaded with explosives from an area where the banned organisation, Students’ Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), is known to be active.
The explosives included about 50 kg gelatine and 400 detonator rods. The police arrested jeep driver Narayan Kalu under the relevant sections of the Explosive Substances Act.
The driver had papers of a vehicle which permitted him to carry the consignment within the Khandwa district, from Deshgaon to Lakhpura village, the police said.
However, he suspiciously strayed into Khargone, about 90 km from Indore, which raised questions. Khargone is the neighbouring district of Khandwa.
The entire western Madhya Pradesh was an active zone of the SIMI, superintendent of police (Khargone) Amit Singh said.
The police are planning to lodge a case against Khandwa-based explosive dealer Rajsingh Rajput as the permit was issued in his name.
Singh said transporting any explosive required informing the concerned district superintendent of police two days in advance and taking his prior permission.
But the rule had not been followed in this case, Singh said, adding an investigation was on.