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Police busy in finding source of Cobalt 60

delhi Updated: Apr 10, 2010 23:54 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times
Police busy in finding source of Cobalt 60

Where did the Cobalt-60 that left six men injured, one critically, come from? Police believe that it might not have been medical waste after all and that it could have come from abroad.

The Delhi Police are still trying to ascertain how the owner of the scrap shop in Mayapuri, Deepak Jain, got hold of the radioactive material.

The police are looking at the possibility of the material having arrived in India via sea route to Gujarat, from where it might have been brought to Delhi.

“Right now we can't say anything. We are still investigating how it reached the city,” said a senior police officer.

The police say the radioactive scrap might have come to Alang in Bhavnagar district, Gujarat.

Alang has a huge ship-recycling yard that recycles approximately half of all the ships salvaged around the world.

But since the police haven't been able to speak to any of the six victims of the radioactive mishap they are not reaching any conclusions.

“The material reached the area around a month back. We are trying to trace the source,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (West) Sharad Aggarwal.

The police say the material might not have been part of medical waste.

“We have spoken to various medico agencies. They said such material is controlled by the Department of Atomic Energy. So it is possible that it could be industrial waste or part of something else,” added a senior police officer.