Amid speculations over detention and disappearance of Rajendra Kaswa, the prime accused in the Petlawad explosion case, the police have arrested magazine owner Dharmendra Rathod.
Kaswa held a shot firer’s certificate and was attached to the magazine owned by Rathod. While Rathod is authorized to stock explosives at his magazine located at Gehandi village, about 12 kms from Petlawad, Kaswa was not.
The Jhabua police picked up Rathod from Badnawar on the charge of supplying explosives to Kaswa in violation of rules.
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Kaswa’s certificate authorized him to only carry out blast operations after sourcing explosives from the magazine owned by Rathod. Rules mandate the magazine owner to keep details of the stock.
It’s yet to be established if the gelatin sticks stored in Kaswa’s fertilizer shop were sourced from Rathod or were procured illegally from elsewhere, the magazine has been sealed.
Meanwhile, the police have reportedly detained Foolchand and Narendra, the elder brothers of Rajendra, and their relatives but are not disclosing the details.
It’s believed that the police detained them in neighbouring Maharashtra. The Kaswas fled Petlawad in four wheelers.