30,000 detonators seized in Naxal affected Balaghat

The Balaghat police have seized 30,000 detonators being carried in a pick-up van in Balaghat while going on the Malajkhand-Birsa road toward Chhattisgarh.

bhopal Updated: Feb 15, 2018 18:49 IST
Punya Priya Mitra
Punya Priya Mitra
HT Correspondent, Bhopal
Madhya Pradesh,Balaghat,Naxals
(AP)

The Balaghat police have seized 30,000 detonators being carried in a pick-up van in Balaghat while going on the Malajkhand-Birsa road toward Chhattisgarh.

Balaghat, situated some 450 km east of Bhopal on the Madhya Pradesh-Chhattisgarh border is the only naxal affected district of Madhya Pradesh, raising fears about its possible destination.

Balaghat SP Amit Sanghi said that the detonators were supposed to go from Vardha in Maharashtra to mines in Odisha and Bihar, but the vehicle driver Ramnaresh Shukla resident of Shahdol district of Madhya Pradesh and helper Krishna of Garha Vardha and another person, somehow managed to travel 250 km off route and reach the Balaghat border where it was seized.

“All of them are being questioned. Going off route for such a long distance is very surprising,” the SP said.

At present, a case for violating permit norms and under Explosives Act has been registered.

First Published: Feb 15, 2018 18:49 IST