Kolkata – NIA has arrested Merazuddin Ali Khan and Mir Mohammed Nuruzzaman from Raniganj and Kolkata respectively, for smuggling 81,000 detonators and 27,000 kg of Ammonium Nitrate in the year 2022. They are originally from Bokaro and Birbhum respectively.
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This has worried the investigating agencies. The agencies are investigating how such a large amount of explosives was smuggled. These explosives, if exploded, could have destroyed a big city.
Explosives were seized in the year 2022 !
NIA arrests two in West Bengal detonator seizure case
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Bengal’s Special Task Force Police stopped a four-wheeler in June 2022. 81,000 electric detonators were found in this vehicle. The Police arrested its driver, who gave information that led to the seizure of an additional 27,000 kg of Ammonium Nitrate, 1,625 kg of gelatin sticks and 2,000 plus electric detonators.
The seizure of explosives reminded of Beirut (Lebanon) explosion !
The seizure of such a large amount of explosives in Bengal reminded of the deadly explosion that took place in Beirut, Lebanon’s capital, on 4th August 2020. 2,750 tons of seized Ammonium Nitrate was stored in a warehouse in Beirut. It exploded and destroyed a 10 km area of the city completely.