In a major haul after the seizure of huge quantity of explosives in Ambala in Haryana last week, the Rewa police seized about 600 kg of gelatine rods, bags containing ammonium nitrate and boxes with detonators from Gangotri Colony in Rewa district in Madhya Pradesh on Sunday.

Bhopal Range IG (Law & Order) A.K. Soni said a car carrying the explosives was seized on a tip-off, after the police raided a house. “Prime facie, it seems that the explosives had been stored for illegal mining,” he said.

The main accused, Rajesh Patel (40), is absconding.

Additional SP R.S. Belwanshi said that Manoj Kaul, who was driving the car, was arrested.

The house owner Aditya Pratap Singh claimed that he had no knowledge about his tenant using the house for storing explosives, he added.

Mr. Singh was being quizzed about the incident.

Talking about the possible motive, police sources said that illegal mining was widely prevalent in the region and Patel was involved in the illegal purchase and sale of explosives.

He also didn't have the licence for dealing in explosives.

An investigating official said “the house owner claimed that the tenant had told him about keeping grains in the bags. We are interrogating the owner of the house to find out if he was aware of storage of any explosive in the house.”

The police have registered a case under the Explosives Act.

(An explosives-laden car was seized at the Cantonment Railway Station in Ambala in Haryana on October 12.)