The consignment of explosive material, which was seized from Kankerbagh police station area of the state Capital on November 7, was to be delivered to the Naxals operating in Munger.
The startling revelation was made by the owner of a pickup van and the driver, who were arrested by the Munger police from Haveli Kharagpur police station area on Sunday. The police recovered another haul of explosive material, including 145 detonators, one hand grenade, three gelatin, one kilogram ammonium nitrate and 150 metres of fuse wire.
Deputy Superintendent of Police (Munger) Ashok Kumar said that on a tip off, a police team-comprising district armed police personnel and the Central Reserve Police conducted raids at Gobadda village and arrested owner of the Tata 207-pickup van (BR-08/0939), Ashok Paswan and its driver, Tuntun Kumar.
During interrogation, both Paswan and Kumar disclosed that the consignment of explosive material, which was seized by the Patna police on November 7, was to be delivered to Ishwar Sah, who is closely associated with the Naxal outfit operating in the region.
Sah was assigned to deliver the explosives to the Naxals. When the police conducted a raid at the house of Sah at Ummi Banvashrsha village under Bariarpur police station, they were surprised to see a haul of explosives stored there.
DSP (Haveli Kharagpur) A K Chandra said that raids were conducted at Baraichak Patam village to apprehend Babloo Mandal, Bhim Toori and Sunit Toori but managed to escape.
“It was Sah, who used to supply firearms, ammunition and explosive materials to the Naxals operating in Munger region,” the police officer said, adding that Ashok Paswan’s brother Manoj has also been taken into custody.