The police on Sunday seized materials used for making explosives in Vapi on the border of Maharashtra. Coming close on the heels of the bomb blast in Pune, the seizure of 200 kg of ammonium nitrate, 600 detonators and 200 gelatine sticks from a car and an autorickshaw unnerved the police.

Investigation revealed that the materials were meant for quarrying at Silvassa, the headquarters of the Union Territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli. Additional Director-General of Police (South Gujarat range) A.K. Singh said they were questioning three persons who were in the car with the explosive materials.

The explosives were procured from a licensed dealer, but were being taken to the Union Territory without permit.

Another haul

Meanwhile, the Surendranagar police seized about 100 kg of ammonium nitrate and about 300 detonators from a person near Limdi on the Ahmedabad-Rajkot National Highway.

Surendranagar District Superintendent of Police Ashok Kumar said the seizure was made during an intensive checking of vehicles. A few other persons were arrested.