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Cops seize explosives in Aurangabad and Jehanabad

By: Ramashankar and Premendra Mishra
PATNA/AURANGABAD: Police seized round 1,000 gelatin sticks and 372kg of explosives from a sport software vehicle (SUV) in Maoist-hit Aurangbad district on Friday. In Jehanabad additionally, the police recovered explosive materials utilized in making tiffin bombs. The recovery of an enormous consignment of explosives within the run-up to the primary section of Lok Sabha election has unnerved most sensible officers on the state police headquarters.

Acting on a tip-off, a police team led by sub-inspector Sanjay Kumar intercepted a vehicle near Batane bridge underneath the Mufassil police station space in Aurangabad. The law enforcement officials had been stunned to seek out massive inventory of explosives being transported in an SUV bearing the registration choice of neighbouring Uttar Pradesh. As the law enforcement officials had been busy looking out the vehicle, the driver and another occupant tried to flee. However, they had been caught and taken to the Mufassil police station.

Aurangabad SP Deepak Burnwal said the explosives had been recovered all over a vehicle checking force launched within the district in view of the general election. Since Aurangabad is going to polls within the first section on April 11, the entire police stations have been placed on alert and extensive vehicle checking force launched.

“The two arrested persons are being interrogated. The providers’ hyperlinks with Maoists are being verified,” the SP instructed this newspaper over the telephone.

The seized SUV is owned by one Shiv Chandra, a resident of Chainpura in Mirzapur district of Uttar Pradesh. The SP didn’t rule out the potential of use of the seized explosive subject material within the elections. The SP said the explosives had been of prime quality and could have brought about extensive damage to lifestyles and assets of the people.

The SP said a police team will quickly visit Uttar Pradesh to assemble more information about the availability of explosives and use of the SUVs within the industry. “A special police team has been assigned to research the case,” he said, adding the arrested individuals’ antecedents had been being verified. “Efforts are on to identify the person who used to be intended to receive the consignment,” the SP said.

In another raid, the Jehanabad police recovered explosive materials used for making tiffin bombs on Friday. The explosives had been stocked near a brick kiln outside Daulatpur village underneath the Bishunganj police station space within the district. The raid used to be carried out by further SP (operation) Ayodhya Kumar, who used to be tipped off concerning the explosives being stocked ahead of the election.

Jehanabad SP Manish Gupta said gelatin sticks, sulphur, two tiffin bombs, electric twine and tape had been recovered all over the police operation. However, nobody used to be arrested. “The space has been condoned off and the spot the place the explosives had been stored has been sealed. Forensic professionals will gather evidences from the spot,” he said.

Notably, the seizures had been made on the day senior officers of the police and election commission had been holding a meeting at Gaya to evaluate the security preparations for the Lok Sabha election.

All the four Lok Sabha constituencies — Aurangabad, Gaya, Nawada and Jamui — which will go to polls within the first section, are Maoist-hit and the area is regarded as a hotbed of the ultra-left outfit.

“We are maintaining a detailed watch on the provide of explosives and illegal firearms from outside the state,” said a senior IPS officer posted on the state police headquarters.

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