The Aurangabad police on Sunday seized over Rs 4.5 lakh worth scrap that contained military landmines, dynamite, and at least ten live explosives from a truck that a steel rolling mill in neighbouring Jalna had refused to unload after seeing its consignment.
The truck (MH 21 D 8222) was on way to Pune, from where one Pappu Seth of Pradeep Steels in Kondwa area had sent the scrap to Siddhivinayak rolling mills in Jalna, inspector Kishor Karande of the crime branch said.
The truck was intercepted near Cambridge School, Jalna Road, after an anonymous caller alerted the police on what it was carrying.
It is not yet known whether the police had made any contact with Pappu Seth or employees of Pradeep Steels.
Meanwhile, truck driver, Ganesh Bachate, a resident of Dalalwadi, in Badnapur, has been arrested by the city chowk police station.
"Whatever we have seized so far forms only about one third of the total consignment in the truck and there is every possibility there could be more live explosives, Karande said.
It is, however, not uncommon for the police in Jalna, the hub of the steel rolling mills in Maharashtra, to intercept trucks carrying explosives either sold by the military or stolen from its warehouses after they were discarded following misfires.