Khandwa police on Saturday morning seized about 276 gelatin rods kept in the backyard of house in Ahmedpur Khegaon village under Moghat police station limits in Khandwa district.
Moghat police station in-charge, Anil Sharma said that the police conducted the raid acting on a tip-off received about the house of one Sevak Ram Jirati.
During the course of the investigation, it came to be known that Jirati had rented his house to one Ramsingh alias Pappu, a resident of Bundi village of Kota, a couple of months ago. Ramsingh was involved in the tube-well digging business. The police also recovered one drilling machine, four steel rods and one tractor, all of which were used in drilling.
Sharma further said the police found that Ramsingh, who is currently in Rajasthan, did not possess a legal license for storing explosives.
Meanwhile, police detained Sewak Ram Jirati and launched a manhunt for Ramsingh, who is currently on the run. The police registered a case under section 188, 336 of IPC and 3/5 of Explosive Substance Act 1908 and 285.
The market value of the seized explosive material is about R34,500. The police also made Sevakram a co-accused in the case. After the raid, the police team also searched shops in the Sun Gali area of the city.
DSP Mahendra Singh Sikarwar said that the police would try to ascertain the source of the high-quality explosives.
"The police will go through the records of magazines in the district as magazines could not supply such high-quality explosive material to the short firers possessing license. In Ramsingh's case, even though he is a short-firer, he did not possess license.
If this is confirmed, the police will also launch an investigation against the magazine who supplied the gelatin rods to him," SP Sikarwar said.