Human Rights

Missing explosives: black gold

1200 tonnes of missing explosives turn into goldmine and swell a Rs 4 lakh dealer into a 15 crore tycoon. Black marketing made Shivcharan Heda, Lakshmi’s favourite. Madhya Pradesh police divulged what Heda told them during interrogations.

Heda’s Sangam Explosives of Chanderi, Ashoknagar district, procured 400 truck loads of explosives during 2008-2010 and diverted them into black marketing which in addition to fetching him handsome gain deprived the government of taxes because the entire transaction was carried in cash. Sagar inspector general of police, Anvesh Mangalam, informed that Heda was arrested by Bhilwara police and was brought to Sagar on police remand. About 80 percent of purchase from RECL (Rajasthan Explolsives and Chemicals Limited) and other manufacturers in Maharashtra, Jharkhand, Haryana and Andhra Pradesh had been sold in black market on cash payment. The accused did not maintain any record of transactions. However, the “mysterious” fire in his house when he absconded is convincing enough to establish that the “records” were destroyed.

In addition to black marketing, Heda did money laundering and evaded taxes. Missing explosives became a security concern as Hindutva terrorists may have bought it and Punjab militants might have found it easy to transport it from Rajasthan border and possibility of its smuggling out of the county can also not be ruled out. In fact, Jharkhand-Bangladesh trade was also investigated. A consignment of 250 kgs of ammonium nitrate was recently seized from a truck in Bihar’s Sheikhpura district. The fertilizer can be used to make explosives.

 

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 November 2010 on page no. 11

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