Security agencies worried over Bihar explosives

New Delhi: Fresh consignments of explosives being smuggled into Bihar has given the security agencies sleepless nights. Among these is the abundance of Ammonium Nitrate which finds its way into Orissa, Jharkhand, Chhatisgarh and Uttar Pradesh. This highly powerful explosive might have fallen in the hands of the Naxalites. The possibility of terrorist angle also cannot be ruled out. A Bihar police team nabbed 50 tonnes of Ammonium N. hoarded in bags. Though used as fertilizer, Ammonium N. is also highly inflammable chemical frequently used by the Naxalites and terrorists. It was used in various blasts throughout the country, the most recent use being in the Varanasi blast. Naxalites use it for road and railway line blasts. Security sources suspect that it is being smuggled from Nepal through Raxaul area of UP.

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This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-28 February 2011 on page no. 11

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