60-year-old from Junnar in Pune district found with huge cache of explosives
60-year-old from Junnar in Pune district found with countrymade weapons, explosives
Pune The Pune rural police crime branch seized many countrymade weapons from a person in Junnar region near Pune on Tuesday evening. According to the rural police, the suspect, identified as Rajaram Kisan Abhang, 60, a resident of Abhang Vasti in Pimplevandi area of Junnar, was booked in 2003 for causing an explosion in the neighbourhood.
The police are investigating the motive behind Abhang, who has studied only till Class 7, to assemble and store the arms and ammunition. Materials required to assemble four pipe bombs, two electric gun machines, two swords, two sharp javelins, four electric and 55 non-electric detonators, one electric switch, electric motor, one electric battery, iron sprinters, one helmet and one body armour were recovered from his possession.
The dog squad also detected two types of powders believed to be explosive in nature. One of the powders found at Abhang’s residence was wrapped in an oily paper, the police said, adding that tests are required to determine the nature of powders.
The police found a case filed against the suspect under Sections 307, 436, 286 of Indian Penal Code registered in 2003 at Narayangaon police station. Suspecting his wife’s infidelity, Abhang had caused an explosion in the neighbourhood injuring a woman and a few children. He served three years in Yerawada Central Jail and his wife and their two sons started living separately from him. While one of his sons is a farmer, the other holds a private job in Mumbai.
Abhang has been booked under Sections 4(b)(1), 5 of the Explosive Substance Act, 1908, and Sections 3(25),4(25) of Arms Act, and 307 (attempted murder), 436 (mischief by fire or explosive substance with intent to destroy house, etc), and 286 (negligent conduct with respect to explosive substance) of Indian Penal Code (IPC) at Ale Phata police station. The case is investigated by assistant police inspector JP Dhamale of Ale Phata police station. He was produced in a local court and remanded to police custody on Wednesday.
The accused has served three-year jail term in the past. He works as a well digger, so could have access to the seized equipment and explosives. Our probe is on,” said Sandip Patil, superintendent of Pune rural police.