The Maoists and illegal miners have access to government explosives factories, two suppliers arrested by Rohtas police with a large quantity of electric detonators said on Monday.
The two suppliers- Dipak Kumar Singh and Bikram Kumar Singh- were arrested during a raid at Adamapur village in Sasaram mufassil police station area following a tip-off that they were to hand over a big consignment of explosives to Maoist.
Acting on inputs provided by the arrested suppliers, the police raided their godown at Takia Muhalla here and recovered 40,000 aluminum short delay detonators.
"The highly explosive detonators, often used by the Maoists against security forces, were carrying labels of Dorica, Indian Explosives Limited and Made in India," Rohtas superintendent of police (SP) Manu Maharaj said. The arrested suppliers said they used to buy detonators and explosives from Chunar (Uttar Pradesh) and supply to Maoists and illegal miners in Bihar, Jharkahnd and Chhattisgarh, the SP said.
It was a serious matter that persons supplying detonators to Maoists had access to explosives made in government factories, the SP said, adding the "clandestine trade" was being investigated.
Senior police and intelligence officials were interrogating the arrested suppliers for more information.