A huge quantity of explosives, including gelatine rods and detonators, was recovered from a house and a car in Rewa district of Madhya Pradesh on Sunday.
The police recovered 580 kg gelatin rods, two and half packets of detonators and 10 packets of gelatine sticks from the house of Rajesh Patel, 40, in Rewa, around 500 km from here. “Prime facie, it seems that the explosives had been stored for illegal mining,” said AK Soni, inspector general of police, law and order.
The police action came on a tip-off provided by local people about “suspicious” goods being loaded in a car from the house in New Gangotri Colony.
By the time the police team reached the spot, the car had already left the place, following which all police stations in the district were put on alert. The car was later intercepted around 10km from the house.
From the seized car, the police recovered 5,000 gelatine sticks in 50 cartons and 29 packets of detonating cord. Manoj Kaul, who was driving the car, has been arrested.
The police suspect Patel, who managed to escape, was involved in the illegal purchase and sale of explosives. “Storing explosives in a house, even if not meant for subversive activity, is extremely dangerous. An accidental short circuit or spark could have blown up the entire colony and affected adjoining areas,” said an officer. Advani’s roadshow passed through the district just three days ago.
(With agency inputs)