The police and security agencies in Varanasi, went in a tizzy following the recovery of a heavy consignment of explosives from a Maruti car during a routine check at a toll barrier on Saturday. No arrests have been made as the driver of the car escaped from the scene. According to the police, the consignment weighed about 145 kg.

A police spokesman said that the explosive kept in three bags placed in the boot of the vehicle ( UP 65 Q 5544 ) was ammonium nitrate and was transported from Rohtas district in Bihar. Investigations are underway, he said.

The seizure was made during the checking of vehicles at the Dafi toll barrier in the busy Lanka area of Varanasi. There was a long queue of vehicles at the toll barrier and the driver of the Maruti vehicle sensing trouble abandoned it and fled the scene. It was later that the police discovered the consignment, a police spokesman said. Reports said that two persons were in the car and both vanished as their car’s turn for checking was yet to come.

The police spokesman said that a driving licence in the name of Vimlesh Kumar, resident of Rohtas in Bihar, has been recovered from the vehicle. He said police teams have been despatched to Rohtas and efforts are underway to find out the number of persons present in the car.

The explosives’ catch follows the alert sounded by intelligence agencies that terror organisations might be regrouping for a strike in Varanasi and other sensitive cities. The city has already witnessed two terrorist attacks in 2006 and 2010. Denying that specific alerts have been received from the intelligence agencies, a Home Department spokesman said that routine alerts are regularly received.