(India Today): – Maharashtra Anti-Terror Squad (ATS) has arrested two men with over 7kg of uranium, a highly explosive and radioactive material.
Maharashtra Anti-Terror Squad (ATS) has arrested two men with over 7kg of uranium, a highly explosive and radioactive material.
The 7kg of uranium is worth over Rs 21 crore. The accused had even tested the uranium at a private lab for purity. The lab is also under scanner now.
Uranium is a highly explosive material if it goes into the wrong hands and can be extremely deadly. Based on a complaint by an officer from Bhabha Atomic Research Center (BARC) in Mumbai, an FIR has been filed and further investigations are on. A case has been registered under the Atomic Energy Act.
On February 14, information was received by PI Bhalekar that one person named Jigar Pandya, a resident of Thane was going to illegally sell pieces of uranium.
Subsequently, a trap was arranged by the ATS and Jigar Pandya was apprehended. On inquiry, it revealed that these pieces of uranium were given to him by one Abu Tahir, a resident of Mankhurd.
Instantaneously, Nagpada unit officers and staff reached the Kurla scrap association, Mankhurd in Mumbai and apprehended Abu Tahir.
The uranium was seized and was sent to BARC in Mumbai for analysis. A report was received that the substance is Natural Uranium, which is highly radioactive and dangerous to human life.
Two accused have been arrested for illegal possession of uranium valued at Rs 21.30 crore.