A team of Special Task Force (STF) of Kolkata police has intercepted a vehicle loaded with 1000 kg of explosive material earlier today. As per reports, two persons have been arrested.
West Bengal Special Task Force (STF): 1000 kg of explosive substance (Potassium Nitrate) recovered (in 27 gunny bags) from two people- Indrajit Bhui and Padmolochon Dey -travelling in a vehicle from Odisha to North 24 Parganas district in West Bengal today. Both arrested. pic.twitter.com/PDeJfewcjJ
— ANI (@ANI) March 9, 2019
Reports say that a commercial vehicle (TATA 407) coming from Odisha was intercepted by the STF at the Tala Bridge in Chitpur area. The vehicle had 27 gunny bags loaded. Upon inspection, it was found that the gunny bags contained approximately 1000 kg of Potassium nitrate, used for making explosives.
The vehicle had reportedly started from Balasore in Odisha and was going towards Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district.
Two persons, Indrajit Bhui (25) and Padmalochan Dey(31), the drive and the helper of the vehicle, both residents of Odisha, have been arrested by the police team. While Bhui hails from the Malek village in Basta block of Balasore, Odisha, Dey is from the Mithani village.
The police team had reportedly acted on prior information and intercepted the vehicle in North Kolkata. The police have begun an investigation over the intended use of the explosives. A case under sections 4 and 5 of the explosive substance act has been registered.