Huge cache of explosives procured from Odisha seized in West Bengal

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Kolkata: A huge cache of explosive materials was seized from Saltora police limits in Bankura district of West Bengal, which were reportedly procured from three neighbouring states including Odisha.

Acting on reliable information, a team of West Bengal CID on late Wednesday night, raided the village and seized the explosive materials, informed a senior police official on Thursday.

Around 106 cartons of gelatin sticks weighing around 2,650 kg, 6,650 kg of ammonium nitrate filled in sacks and 52,500 pieces of electric detonators have been seized, informed CID DIG Nishad Parvez. A four-wheeler and a motorcycle have also been confiscated, he said.

“The explosives were procured from Odisha, Telangana and Jharkhand, and were meant to be used in illegal stone quarries. We are conducting an investigation,” Parvez added.

Notably, Kolkata’s STF had last week seized nearly 1,000 kg of potassium nitrate from Chitpur area of the city which was allegedly procured from Odisha.

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