Six arrested with explosives in M’laya

Correspondent Shillong, Dec 3 | Publish Date: 12/3/2020 1:19:42 PM IST

Meghalaya police have arrested six persons and seized 1525 kg of explosives from a storehouse and a vehicle in East Jaiñtia Hills district on Wednesday night, police said on Thursday. 

Acting on a tip-off, an alert was sounded and the police intercepted an Assam registered vehicle AS 01 DY 6131 smuggling out explosives at Kongong checkpoint and arrested two persons; Kadam Ali and Deepak Das from Assam’s Kamrup district on Wednesday, a senior police official said 

Police seized 10 cartons containing 250 kg of explosives (2000 gelatin sticks, 1000 live detonators) from the vehicle. 

Based on the lead provided by the two arrested persons, police nabbed four more persons from different locations in connection with the possession and supplying of the illegal explosives in the district. 

Burhan Uddin and Juomri Ali were arrested from their residence at Umpleng market in East Jaiñtia Hills district.

In the course of interrogation, Burhan and Juomri revealed that they had received the  consignment from one Carlus Muliar residing in Mokympad village under East Jaiñtia Hills district and later he led the police team to one Kalu Das, who in turn lead the police to one shop where the explosives were kept.

A search of the concealed shop led to the seizure of approximately 1275 kgs of explosive (10200 gelatin sticks, 5000 live detonators and 8 rolls of cordtex fuse.) These explosives were concealed in 51 cartons of Nitroglycerin, an active ingredient used to make explosives.

“We are still interrogating the arrested persons on the possession of the explosives and their plans with the explosives,”East Jaintia Hills Superintendent of Police, Deepak Kumar Palecha said over the phone. 

He said that the police suspects that the same kind of explosives were used in the recent low intensity blast inside a market in the district.

One shop was damaged in the blast, but there were no casualties. The outlawed Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council had claimed responsibility for the explosion, but the police have refused to comment on the claim. 

Palecha said that the bomb disposal team and the Forensic Laboratory from the State Capital are yet to submit their report after analyzing the blast site.

“Only after the bomb disposal squad and the forensic laboratory submit their reports, we would be able to proceed forward in the case,” he said. 

He further informed that a case under Explosives Act and other relevant sections of law has been registered against the six individuals and a probe is on.

All the arrested persons have been booked under Explosives Act and other relevant sections of law and further investigation is on to determine the antecedants of the case.


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