The CID on Sunday seized a huge cache of raw materials, including 600 kg of ammonium nitrate, for explosives from a godown in central Kolkata.
According to a senior CID officer, the manager of the godown, Pankaj Godai, was arrested after questioning two people, who were apprehended last Friday in connection with the explosive recovery in Raghunathganj in Murshidabad.
Five hundred kg of sulphur powder, 600 kg of ammonium nitrate, 20 kg aluminum nitrate were seized on Sunday from the godown on the first floor of a building on Strand Road, he said. “While questioning the two arrested from Raghunathganj about the source of the explosives, we got Pankaj’s name and mobile number. We zeroed in on Pankaj and arrested him on Friday,” the officer told PTI.
Pankaj, a resident of Odisha’s Cuttack, was the manager of the godown which belonged to Santosh Pariya, he said. “Pankaj has been the manager of the godown for more than five years and had taken it on lease, saying he was into transport business. The CID is also looking for Pariya and probing into his role into the matter,” he added.
CID sources said the raw materials from Kolkata were dispatched to Murshidabad to be handed over to linkmen, who would distribute them to different places. The raw materials, the CID officer said, could have been brought into the city from Odisha.