GG News Bureau
Mumbai, 6th May. Maharashtra’s Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) has seized seven kilograms of natural uranium valued at Rs 21.3 crore. The official told on Thursday that two people have been arrested in this case. Quoting an analysis by the Bhabha Atomic Research Center (BARC), the ATS official said that this uranium is “extremely radioactive and dangerous to human life.”
On the basis of intelligence information, the ATS arrested 27-year-old Jigar Pandya, a resident of Thane, on 14 February this year with some pieces of valuables, he said. The officer said that Pandya was allegedly trying to sell these items illegally and was looking for a potential customer. He said that in interrogation, the ATS team came to know that the pieces of uranium were given to him by 31-year-old Abu Tahir Afzal Hussain Chaudhary, a resident of eastern suburb Mankhurd. The ATS then arrested Chaudhary from the premises of the Kurla Junk Association at Mankhurd and recovered 7.100 kg of natural uranium from him.
The seized uranium was sent to Trombay for BARC analysis.He said that according to the report from the research center, the seized object is natural uranium and is very radioactive in nature and is dangerous to human life.
The ATS on Wednesday registered a case under the sections of the Atomic Fuel Act-1962 on the complaint of the Regional Director of the Central Zone, Nagpur, of the Directorate of Atomic Mineral Exploration and Research.