KOZHIKODE: North Kerala has been put under the security scan following the seizure of gelignite sticks at the cloakroom of the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) bus station here on the Mavoor Road on Monday.
While a special team of police officers left for Vellore in Tamil Nadu, police at the local levels started combing operations at quarries in various parts of North Kerala. Search operations are also being conducted at various regions of police station limits under whose jurisdiction licences had been given earlier to procure and store explosives for commercial purposes, including construction and mining activities, on Tuesday.
As many as 45 gelignite sticks placed in a carton having a label Industries Explosives Limited Vellore were seized from the cloak room after the police control room received a bomb threat over the phone from a public call office in Vellayil in the city on Sunday. The team, which left for Vellore, will return on Wednesday night.
The police on Tuesday traced the source of the call at a PCO near a chicken stall on the Panikker Road. The police questioned chicken stall owner K. Faizal.
North Zone Inspector General of Police M. N. Krishnamurthy, who is in the State Capital and had held a meeting with Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Tuesday for discussing other issues, told The Hindu over the phone that the police had been instructed to carry out raids in Malappuram, Kozhikode City, Kozhikode (Rural) and Kannur districts.
He said that mischief mongers could be behind the isolated incidents in North Kerala in view of the coming Assembly elections. Mr. Krishnamurthy will return to Kozhikode on Wednesday.
Raids were being carried out at Elathoor in Kozhikode district and Vazhakkal in Malappuram district. It is learnt that Kondotty in Malappuram district is an area considered to have large stockpiling of explosives substances for quarrying and manufacturing fire-crackers.
Kozhikode City Police Commissioner H. Venkatesh said Controller of Explosives M. K. Trivdedi, from Kochi would arrive in the city on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, the defused sticks, which had been taken to be kept in safe custody in Malappuram, were brought back to Kozhikode district. The sticks were kept at a magazine at the Chevayur police station. A sketch of the person (Sainudeen) who had kept the carton at the cloakroom is also being drawn, police said.
Kozhikode (Rural) Superintendent of Police C. Sharafudeen said that checks were conducted at quarries and stockists in the rural areas of Balussery, Thamarassery and Vadakkara.