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Uranium theft: Greed got trio in

india Updated: Dec 10, 2009 02:02 IST
G. Mohiuddin Jeddy

It was greed that seems to have got the three accused in the depleted uranium possession case into trouble.

The police are now looking for the person who gave them the uranium.

The Navi Mumbai Crime Branch arrested three people — Panvel-based gemologist Premsingh Savitri (40), Vashi-based transporter Srinivas Puryar and Ghatkopar resident Tulsidas Bhanushali a dealer in gunny bags — for illegal possession of 5 kg of depleted uranium.

Savitri, the police said, is a former constable. The police are trying to ascertain if Savitri had quit his job or was sacked.

Investigations so far have revealed that the arrested accu-sed could only have been trying to make the most of the bounty they had laid their hands on.

“Bhanushali, who frequents APMC market, was given the stone-like substance by one Yadav,” said a police officer on condition of anonymity. “When Bhanushali told Puryar about it, the latter introduced him to Savitri, a gemologist to get good value for it.” The official said that Savitri learnt that it was uranium, which could fetch a good value, and decided to trick the other two.

“Savitri told the duo he had sold the stone for Rs 3,500. He kept the uranium with him and for over four months scouted for a good bargain.”

It was then that the Crime Branch got a whiff of it and detained him. He led the police to the other two. They were arrested on Monday. The police are now on the lookout for Yadav who first brought the uranium.

“The probe is on. We cannot reveal anything at this stage,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (crime) Dattatrey Shinde.

He said the accused would lead them to more breakthroughs.