Cops raid buses for explosives, find mawa

Oct 17, 2011, 07:52 IST | Shiva Devnath

After intelligence alerted them to the possibility of explosives being smuggled into the city, cops raided 2 buses but found mawa and ghee transported illegally to the city

An intelligence input about explosives received by the Mumbai Police led them to a surprise find of another kind. Cops raided two buses after receiving an alert from the Intelligence Bureau about explosives being brought into the city through a tours and travels bus. Though they did not find any explosives, they did come upon mawa and ghee being brought to the city illegitimately, without a receipt or relevant order papers.

Sweet surprise: One of the buses raided yielded 450 kg of mawa being
transported to the city illegally

Officials however took a serious note of the matter and said that if such items can come into the city unchecked, so can explosives.

A squad under the Mumbai police commissioner raided buses of two travel operators in Oshiwara early on Sunday morning, and found 450 kg of mawa and 75 kg of ghee in them respectively. They have arrested the drivers and cleaners of the bus.

However, they could not zone in on the owners. The vehicles had started from Nishana in Gujarat.
According to Rakesh Sharma, senior police inspector who was part of the commissioner's special squad to intercept the buses, they had received specific information, based on which they laid a trap in Oshiwara.

On checking the buses, they found gunny bags filled with illegally transported mawa and ghee in Mumbai. As per the information given by the drivers, they had come to deliver the goods without a chalan to a person named Raju who stays in Malad.

The police officers have arrested Raju and handed him over to the Oshiwara police station.
Sharma said that they have given the mawa to the FDA to get it checked for adulteration. They suspect it was smuggled into the city for preparation of Diwali sweets.

He also said that they would track down the owners of the buses to find out whether they have smuggled such items in the past. "If mawa and ghee can enter the city unchecked, so can explosives. It is essential to keep a watch on illegal trade. We would now concentrate in keeping track of travel buses," he said.

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