The Salem police seized a huge cache of ammonium nitrate, a chemical compound which could be used in making explosives, stored in the godown of a rice mill in a village near here on Thursday.
The seizure took place within two days of recovery of 6 tonnes of the chemical compound and 6,000 metres of safe fuse wire coils from a godown in the city.
Highly placed police sources said the Rural police when on a routine night patrolling at Periyakoundapuram on Wednesday night, spotted a 30-year-old-youth carrying a bag. When they stopped him, he attempted to run away, but he was chased and caught.
Interrogation has revealed that his name is Kumar (30) of Pappireddipatti in Dharmapuri. He led the police team to the rice mill godown where they found 80 bags containing 3,760 kg of ammonium nitrate. A part of this chemical mixed with some other unidentified substances was found in tiny cubicle forms. Karipatti police arrested Kumar under section 5 of Explosives Substances Act and remanded him to custody.