Over 2,400 gelatine sticks seized in Madurai

Madurai: In continuing crackdown on illegal stocking of explosives in the district, police today seized more than 3,000 gelatine sticks and detonators from a farm at a village near here and arrested seven persons.

Acting on a tip-off by the Organised Crime Intelligence Unit, a police team raided the garden at Poochampatti village, 30 km from here, and unearthed 2,479 gelatine sticks and 771 electric detonators, police said. Seven persons were arrested under the Explosives Act for illegally keeping the explosive materials, police said adding these were meant for quarrying.

In a huge haul yesterday, police seized 140 kg of ammonium nitrate, 380 gelatin sticks and 192 detonators from two quarries at Kaduneri village in the district and arrested five persons.

Earlier on June 16, police in Pollachi in Coimbatore district seized 2,800 gelatine sticks and 1,400 detonators and detained four persons who were transporting them in a three-wheeler without necessary documents. The four had claimed that the explosives were to be used in digging wells.

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