Police seized explosives from the Ramnagar area late on Friday night. It is suspected that explosives were smuggled for disruption of assembly polls by Naxalites in the Naxal-affected districts of Uttar Pradesh.
Police said that explosives were lying abandoned near Vishwasundari Bridge at Ramnagar by-pass on the Varanasi-Chandauli border.
“Policemen deployed in the area noticed two big bags lying abandoned, we immediately rushed to the spot," DK Tripathi, Ramnagar police station incharge said, adding, “We cordoned off the area and questioned the residents and passers-by.”
“After sometime, we decided to open the bags only to find huge quantity of explosives including 6000 detonators and 400 highly liquid explosive gel rods,” he said.
Soon senior police officers from Varanasi also rushed to the spot. Tripathi said that it was the first time that such a huge consignment of explosives was recovered from this area.
“We are sure the consignment was being transported to Naxal-affected districts for carrying out subversive activities,” he added. “A case under explosive act has been registered and inquiry started,” he added.
The Naxal-hit districts of Chandauli, Sonebhadra and Mirzapur go to polls in the sixth phase on May 3.