The West Bengal Police arrested a former employee of the Indian Army and six others for dealing in a mineral suspected to be Uranium. The mineral has been sent to the Kolkata-based Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics for tests to ascertain its nature.
The superintendent of police of Murshidabad, BL Meena said the arrested persons claimed they were trying to sell the mineral to one Madhab Das.
The police came to know from the carriers of the mineral that 48-year-old Das was an ex-Army man and had wanted to buy it from them. He had bought 380 grams of the mineral at Murshidabad, around 300 Km north of Kolkata.
Receiving a tip-off, the police intercepted six youths travelling on bikes at Mankara, near Berhampore late Tuesday night. After a preliminary search, the police recovered the mineral from a bag one of the bikers was carrying.
The youths told the police during interrogation that they were from Katwa in Burdwan, around 150 km north-west of Kolkata, and they were on their way to Rejinagar in Murshidabad, where Das lived. “They had plans to sell the material to Das,” Meena said.
The police later arrested Das from his residence.
While the administration seemed reticent to discuss the matter, the police were keeping matters hushed as they were running background checks on the six youth and Das.