A former contractual employee was arrested Friday, a day after a lunch box full of low-intensity explosives was found inside the high-security Allahabad High Court premises Thursday night and sent authorities into a tizzy. Police claimed the former class IV employee had allegedly planted the explosives in court room No. 55 and later raised an alarm with the hope of getting rewarded with a permanent job for his “alertness”.
SSP, Allahabad, Shalabh Mathur told reporters that Santosh Kumar Agrahari (38), who had worked at the high court on an ad hoc basis for over a decade, was arrested after analysing CCTV footage of Thursday night wherein his movements appeared to be “furtive and suspicious”.
Agrahari had been jobless for about last three years. It is not yet clear whether he had quit or if his contract was not renewed, police said.
As per the police, a high court official informed them on Thursday night that one Santosh Kumar Agrahari has told a court employee about finding a suspicious polythene bag containing a lunch box lying in a courtroom. Police officials rushed to the court along with a Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) team and seized the lunch box. On opening the box, the bomb squad found four crude explosives. The powder used in the explosives was similar to the one used in firecrackers and has been sent for laboratory test, police said.
“Based on the CCTV footage, we took Agrahari into custody for interrogation although he had raised an alarm. He confessed that he had himself prepared the packet, kept it at the spot and later raised an alarm with the hope that he would be appreciated for his alertness and rewarded with a permanent job at the high court,” Mathur said.
“Agrahari, who hails from Amethi and lives in Dhoomanganj area of Allahabad with his family, has claimed that he needed a stable job. Acting out of desperation, he prepared the packet,” the SSP added.