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Police trace origin of abandoned detonators

FOUND: (Left) The tag found on the plastic bag containing explosives (right) at the Koyambedu bus terminus in Chennai on Thursday night.

FOUND: (Left) The tag found on the plastic bag containing explosives (right) at the Koyambedu bus terminus in Chennai on Thursday night.  



P. Oppili

Five boxes were bought by a Kerala-based agency from Industrial Explosives, Vellore



CHENNAI: Special police teams have traced the origin of detonators found abandoned in a bus at the Chennai Mofussil Bus Terminus in Koyambedu here on Thursday night.

A senior officer said while five boxes of the non-electrical detonators were purchased by V.K. Agencies in Narikkal, near Punaloor in Kollam district, Kerala, the other five were traced to Nalgonda, Andhra Pradesh. Each box contained 100 detonators.

The Kerala-based agency had purchased the boxes from Industrial Explosives in Vellore. Teams had been sent to Punaloor and Nalgonda to investigate whether the licensed agents had sold the detonators to others.

The officer said that on January 3, a similar consignment was found abandoned in a bus at the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation terminus in Kozhikode. Investigation revealed that the detonators were purchased from Industrial Explosives, Vellore. The Chennai police were trying to ascertain if the two cases were linked

The boxes were found in a bus that arrived at the Koyambedu terminal from Vellore. They were packed in a plastic bag. The bus conductor noticed the abandoned bag and handed it over to the police.

According to the police, the licensed agents could have sold them to people involved in quarrying.



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