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Huge cache of explosives seized in Jharkhand

india Updated: Jul 19, 2009 20:44 IST

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Police on Sunday seized 1,964 kg explosives, including gelatin sticks, allegedly meant to be supplied to Maoists from a road construction company in Giridih.

The police launched raids on camp number two of the company engaged in state highway construction near the GT road and seized the explosives, Superintendent of Police AV Minz said in Giridih.

Besides gelatins and other explosives, the police also seized 15,000-metre wire, he said.

The raiding police team was helped by a person named Firdosh, who was caught with a pistol by Ranchi police recently.

Firdosh has been supplying explosives bought from the company to a Naxalite group led by Kundan Pahan, who operates in Ranchi and Khunti districts. He has been getting the consignment from this company to supply to the Maoists for the last five years, the SP claimed.

The company's storekeeper was taken into custody, Minz said, adding that an FIR would be lodged against the company.

The company has been given license to procure only 450 kg explosives, the SP said and added that as per the guidelines, the company should have kept the explosives at Madedih village in Dhanbad district and not in Giridih.

The store-keeper showed a bill of purchase of 1,250 kg explosives on July 14, 2009, which is also three times the amount the company was allowed to procure, he said.