The Special Task Force (STF) of Kolkata Police has seized 1,000 kilograms of explosive material from a goods vehicle in Chitpur area of the city. Two persons have been arrested, a senior Kolkata Police officer said Saturday.
The explosive substances were seized after the police intercepted a goods vehicle near Tala bridge on the BT Road in the early hours of Saturday based on prior information.
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
The police seized 27 gunny bags containing about 1,000 kg of potassium nitrate, the IPS officer said. Potassium nitrate is used in making explosives.
The two persons arrested are the driver and his helper. "The vehicle was coming from Odisha and was heading towards North 24 Parganas district. We have arrested the driver and the helper of the goods vehicle. We are interrogating the duo and trying to find out more details from them," the officer added.
"About 1,000 kg of explosive substances (potassium nitrate) stored in 27 gunny bags were seized," the cop said.
The arrested persons have been identified as Indrajit Bhui (25) and Padmolochon Dey (31).