They were transported together in violation of rules

Madurai Rural District police have seized explosives and electric detonators that were being transported together in a vehicle by a licensed explosives dealer in violation of the Explosives Rules at Palamedu near here.

A team of Organised Crime Intelligence Unit came to Palamedu in the small hours of Wednesday and intercepted the explosives-laden van of the dealer from Oddanchatram in Dindigul district that transported several boxes of gel 90 along with detonators.

“Explosives should not be carried along with detonators which could accidentally trigger a major explosion,” a police officer said.

The sleuths intercepted the van at around 3 a.m. when it was returning after delivering gel 90 and detonators to two blue metal companies near Palamedu. The sleuths also found over 200 packets of gel 90 and 10 electric detonators in the van.

After being alerted by them, Palamedu police seized the vehicle and picked up the van driver, M. Samsuddin, and the supervisors of the two blue metal quarries, C. Nagaraj (36) and V. Murugesan (46).

The police recovered 1,949 packets of gel 90, 14 electric detonators and over six rolls of wire used for explosion from the two quarries and the van.

“An explosives dealer is supposed to hand over the explosives only to a shot-firer. It is the responsibility of the shot-firer to use the explosives at quarry sites and take the leftover explosives back to the dealer,” a police officer said.

Physical verification

Inspector General of Police (South Zone) Abhay Kumar Singh had instructed all the district police units to conduct physical verification of stocks with the explosives dealers to check pilferage of explosives. The police had also carried out special operations to verify the stocks with explosives dealers in December 2013.

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