A six-member bomb disposal squad (BDS) of the Punjab Armed Police (PAP) from Jalandhar, led by sub-inspector Gurbhej Singh, on Tuesday, disposed off the ammunition, which was found in a sack near the Chatiwind canal here, in a four-hour long operation.
The ammunition, including hand grenades, rocket launchers and bullets, was found in a sack, which was brought by a rag-picker, Shama Chakarborty, from the Bhagatanwala garbage dump. Shama basically belongs to Malda district of West Bengal.
The squad, which came to the city from Jalandhar early in the morning , started the operation at around 5.00 am. They had taken the ammunition to an isolated place as a precautionary measure.
The squad examined the grenades and other material in the presence of deputy commissioner of police (DCP) J Elanchezhian first and then destroyed it by blasting it with an explosive substance reportedly trinitrotoluene (TNT). Then they dumped it after digging a deep hole in the earth. The operation was over at around 9.00 am, said police sources.
The police sources said the sack contained 28 used hand grenades, 2 rocket launchers and hundreds of bullets. Almost all the material was used and rusted. However, the officials did not disclose how old the material was.
Elanchezhian said the ragpicker was still in police custody at Kot Mit Singh Chowki for interrogation. He said he would be released only after proper investigation.
“We are not taking any chances and investigating the matter seriously,” said assistant commissioner of police (south) Prabhjot Singh Virk.