Maharashtra: Police rule out terror angle in abandoned explosives case

The ATS recovered around 18 kilograms of explosives from an abandoned shed off the Mumbai- Ahmedabad Highway on October 27.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published:November 4, 2016 2:24 am

RULING OUT a terror angle to the explosives recovered from Palghar district last week, highly placed sources in
the Maharashtra Police Headquarters told The Indian Express they suspect that the recovered material was one which has been abandoned by a contractor.

“Our probe has ruled out the possibility of the explosives being used for terror activities. We suspect it has been left abandoned by some contractor,” a senior official told The Indian Express.

The ATS recovered around 18 kilograms of explosives from an abandoned shed off the Mumbai- Ahmedabad Highway on October 27. The explosives consist of gelatin sticks, detonators and some ‘white powder.’

While the police suspect that some of the ‘white powder’ recovered might be RDX, they are awaiting the FSL report. The report is expected to be submitted by the weekend.

“Only the FSL report can confirm the exact nature of explosives. RDX is a banned substance and can be procured only from the military. If the FSL confirms our suspicion then we will probe how a prohibited substance was procured,” the official added.

According to sources, the explosives were found under the ground of an abandoned shed off the National Highway-8.
“We had source-based information that some explosives were buried inside the ground of the shed. When we dug, we found the explosives. They have now been sent for forensic examination,” a senior official from the State counter terrorism agency said.

Sources add that over 30 gelatin sheets, 30 detonators and some ‘white powder’ has been recovered from the site. Most of these explosives are over two years old.

The Mumbai ATS has registered a case at the Kalachowkie police station under section 4 (Punishment for attempt to cause explosion, or for making or keeping explosive with intent to endanger life or property) and 5 (Punishment for making or possessing, explosives under suspicious circumstances) of the Explosive Substance Act.