The Maharashtra Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) Friday claimed to have seized a large cache of explosives from a home in a Naxal-infested district of Madhya Pradesh.
While the home owner could not be nabbed, the ATS arrested two men, Mukesh Harikrishna Sankhla (30) and Rajmal Ramlal Sankhla (40), who are both natives of Bhilwara in Rajasthan, the ATS said.
The raid took place at 10.15 am on Friday in cooperation with the Chhindwara Police in Madhya Pradesh while acting on an intelligence input received by the ATS’s Nagpur unit, said Himanshu Roy, Additional Director General, ATS.
The two police teams found 1,768 electric detonators, 612 sticks of Kelvex power 90 Class-2 explosive, 840 feet detonating cord and one exploder in the home of one 60-year-old Kaushal Madankar.
The arrested accused have been charged under the Indian Explosive Substances Act, while the Chhindwara police are conducting further investigations.
With Chhindwara district, which is located on Maharashtra’s border with Madhya Pradesh, being affected by Naxal violence, Roy said the duo are being questioned by ATS for any links with anti-national or Naxal elements.