Maharashtra ATS seizes 15 kg of explosives off NH8

"At this stage, we cannot rule out the possibility of them being intended for terror-related activities,” said a senior official from the state counter terrorism agency

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published:October 28, 2016 2:00 am

THE MAHARASHTRA Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) recovered 15 kgs of explosives from an abandoned shed off the Mumbai-Ahmedabad Highway on Thursday afternoon. The explosives, including gelatin sticks, detonators and some ‘white powder’, have been sent for examination to ascertain the exact nature of the chemicals.

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“We had source-based information that some explosives were buried inside the shed off National Highway-8. They have been sent for forensic examination. At this stage, we cannot rule out the possibility of them being intended for terror-related activities,” a senior official from the state counter terrorism agency told The Indian Express.

The police are trying to locate the owner of the shed.

“Since it was a dilapidated, abandoned structure, we are trying to locate the owner and the details of the property. Once we quiz the owner, it would be clear if he had any knowledge of the explosives stored there,” added the official.