17 December 2017
Bolangir: The district police has recently busted an illegal explosive challan racket and arrested four persons in this connection, including two Titlagarh-based traders. The supplier of the explosives, Suresh Choudhary is on the run after the nexus was exposed.
Choudhary, the owner of Jagdamba Traders in Dhenkanal was allegedly supplying explosive material, such as Power Gel 901 and electronic detonators (ED) to Nirab Gala, the proprietor of Royal Nitrates and Gajendra Chattar of Sihini in Titlagarh.
The transactions were being carried out without any proper documentation or valid explosive license by the supplier and receiver of the items over a period of time, Bolangir Police said.
Police have booked Choudhary, Gala, Chattar, besides two carriage-truck drivers – Lalit Upadhyay and Sunil Bhatt under multiple Sections of the IPC and Section 5 of the Explosive Substances Act.
SDPO Bolangir, Narayan Nayak said, around 1.2 tonnes of power gel 901 and 30,000 EDs have been seized from two trucks which were illegally transporting the explosives from Dhenkanal to Titlagarh.
“Since these items are not readily (legally) available in the Odisha, we believe the nexus involves unscrupulous elements from neighbouring States,” Nayak said.
The details about the racket came to the fore after two explosive-laden trucks collided with a lorry at Ratnapur village under Tusura police limits on National Highway 56 on December 13. Soon after the mishap, Upadhyay and Bhatt started assaulting the lorry driver E Langoeven.
The highway was blocked due to the accident followed by a fist-off among the drivers. The congestion was cleared after police intervened and registered cases on the basis of Langoeven’s complaint.
On further inquiry, it was revealed that the explosive-laden truck drivers did ot possess valid documents for transportation of the material.