The explosives meant for mining activities in Uttar Pradesh are being possibly diverted to naxalites to carry out strikes in the other states, home department sources said in Lucknow.
"A large number of recoveries of explosives from the naxal-infested districts of Chandauli, Mirzapur and Sonbhadra and other parts of the state have revealed that the naxalites are exploiting their links with the people involved in mining activities to carry out strikes in other states," a senior home department official told PTI.
"Recovery of explosives and interrogation of those arrested in this connection corroborate the practice," he said.
Citing official figures of the police department, he said this year till November, 34,348 detonators, 3,226 electric detonators, 700 kgs explosive, 43 gelatin rods, 1,883 safety fuses, 32.76 tonnes ammonium nitrate and 200 explosive rods were recovered from different parts of the state.
Interestingly, most of the recoveries are from Chandauli, Mirzapur and Sonebhadra districts, which are naxal infested and also known for mining activities.
While 30,000 detonators and 3,100 electric detonators were recovered from Chandauli alone, over 32 tonnes ammonium nitrate, 54 detonators and 20 electronic detonators were recovered from Sonebhadra, he said, adding that in Mirzapur 2.6 quintal ammonium nitrate, 1,373 detonators, 100 electric detonators were recovered this year.
Besides these districts, recoveries were also made from Allahabad, Bahraich, Mahoba, Mugalsarai and Balrampur.