Three Nepali citizens including a woman were arrested by the Siliguri police with a massive consignment of explosives on Sunday. Acting on a tip-off, a police team raided a house in Dagapur area of Pradhan Nagar. Siliguri Police Commissioner CS Lepcha said they had picked up Dawa Sherring Bhutia alias Dawa Gurung (40), his wife Puja Limbu and Krishnaprasad Adhikary (50) from the house, where they had been living on rent for the past six months. “We have recovered 609 gelatin sticks, 200 RDX detonators and 630 m wire. We are now investing other links of the racket and who they delivered these explosives to,” she said. The police also seized 230 cartridge shells from the accused.
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A few days ago, the police had got intel that a huge consignment of explosives had arrived in Siliguri and would soon change hands. Posing as customers, detectives got in touch with the three accused, who demanded Rs 1 lakh each for three bags of explosives. A deal was struck at Rs 55,000 each. The detectives were then led to the house, where they found the stock of
explosives under a bed and arrested the three.
During interrogation, the three accused revealed that they used to work in a coal mine in Shillong and had been living in Siliguri for the past five and a half years. Sources said the three had told the owner of the house that they had come to Siliguri to open a restaurant and were looking for a rented house for themselves and their children.
Siliguri police had recently been alerted of the possibility of terror attacks. They have not ruled out links with Maoists or other terror outfits. The proximity to Nepal, Bangladesh and Bhutan would make it a convenient purchase point for dealers, said a police officer. A team of CID officials has left for Siliguri to take over the investigation.