April 14, 2009 5:08:37 am
In Possibly the biggest seizure of illegal explosive in Gujarat,the Dahod Special Operations Group (SOG) and the Local Crime Branch (LCB) have arrested at least 10 people and seized four tractors with a range of explosives,worth Rs 50,000,over the span of two months.
The seizure includes detonators,ammonia nitrate and gelatine sticks,and the police claim to have busted an interstate racket of small time well-diggers from Rajasthan and MP,and licensed explosive holders from Santrampur.
Four others have been named absconders,of whom three are licensed holders. One of the licensed holders,Ashok Parmar,is a former BJP councillor from the region,while two others deliver explosives to their clients at their doorstep.
The fourth absconder is yet to be identified.
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Chandrasinh Choondawat of Jhalod and Digvijay Chittora of Gharbada used to deliver explosives at the doorsteps of the clients, added a police officer from the Dahod SOG.
Dahod Superintendent of Police Vipul Aggarwal said: Four cases have been registered at Dahod,Limbdi,Jhalod and Gharbada talukas. There have been several instances of illegal trading of explosives in the state.
He said most of the explosives are used for digging wells in districts in neighbouring Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.
Incidentally,Dahod also faces water shortage. The district has one cropping season and many farmhands migrate to other parts of Gujarat,which have a high water table.
Aggarwal added that there could be a probability of the explosives coming from the northern districts of Gujarat such as Sabarkantha and Banaskantha where most of the wholesale explosive license holders are based.
Most of the explosives were sold off to well-diggers from Bhilwara district of
Rajasthan and Ratlam district of Madhya Pradesh, added Aggarwal.
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