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Raids conducted on explosives depot in Nalukottai

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Follow-up action to seizure of explosives from container at Port Blair

RAMANATHAPURAM: A-six-member police team from Andaman and Nicobar Islands and the State police on Wednesday recovered some documents during a joint raid on an explosives depot at Nalukottai in Sivaganga taluk and a house at Paramakudi.

The raid was in connection with the seizure of a huge quantity of explosive substances from a container at Port Blair a week ago.

The Andaman police had carried out searches on a shipping agency in Chennai on Tuesday. They had last week recovered 2500 gelatine sticks, 6000 electronic detonators and 1000 kg of ammonium nitrate from the container. Based on the information, the Andaman and Nicobar police and the State police carried out searches on the premises of the shipping agency in Chennai, the explosives depot owned by Abbas Mantiri at Sivaganga and the house of Selvam at Paramakudi.

Mr. Anil Kumar Giri, Superintendent of Police, told The Hindu that Abbas Mantiri had sold the explosives to a group led by Selvam. They had also procured explosive substances, particularly ammonium nitrate, from Tiruchi, Vellore, Kovilpatti and Kayathar.

Special Correspondent from Chennai writes:

Investigators are probing how the explosive substances were transported to Chennai Port area, and are taking the assistance of experts from the Tamil Nadu Explosives Ltd. in the case. While not ruling out the possibility of the suspects transporting such explosive substances to other destinations on earlier occasions, an official said enquiry was on to check the identity of those at the receiving end and the purpose why such a huge load of explosives was ordered.

Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) S. George said police were investigating the source, supply and transportation network of the accused persons.

“We have to enquire whether the quantum of explosives supplied to Mantiri was within the permissible limit,” he said.

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