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Explosives recovered from Dhanbad SUV

Dhanbad police on Monday intercepted an SUV near Upper Bazaar area of Govindpur and recovered 3,200 power gels, explosives usually used in mining and construction, worth more than Rs 2 lakh.

Two persons — Ashique Ali alias Sonu (38) and Anjar Khan (29) — were arrested from the spot and all the eight gunnysacks being used to ferry the explosives seized.

Police have denied that the explosives may have been a Maoist consignment.

Sources said both the accused were residents of Ninda village in Bengal’s Asansol district and all the explosives seized bore markings of Indian Explosive Limited, Gomia. They had apparently been loaded on to the SUV (WB 38J, 6570) in Koderma’s Domchanch area and were being ferried to Bankura in Bengal.

Speaking to news men later, Dhanbad SP R.K. Dhan who rushed to the spot within an hour of the arrests said each power gel weighed around 125 grams and were used for blasting in mining operations.

“The accused are being interrogated for further information. We believe that the explosives were being ferried for mining operations in Bankura. There is no connection with the Naxalites,” Dhan said.

He added that the search operation was carried out after the police received a tip-off around 9am from Govindpur Bazaar. The search team was led by Govindpur circle inspector Ravindra Kumar Rai and was assisted by station in-charge Abhay Shankar.

“The duo so far have not been able to produce any relevant document to justify the presence of the explosives in their car. We will get in touch with Koderma police to get details of the explosives,” he said.