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Two Men Arrested With Seven Kilograms Of Radioactive Uranium

by : Emily Brown on : 06 May 2021 17:30
Two Men Arrested With Seven Kilograms Of Radioactive UraniumPixabay/India Today

Two men have been arrested after authorities were alerted of their plans to illegally sell pieces of highly explosive and radioactive uranium. 

The arrests were made by the Anti-Terror Squad (ATS) in India after an investigator received information that a 27-year-old man named Jigar Jayesh Pandya of Thane, India, was searching for a potential buyer for the material, which is used in making nuclear explosives.

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In an effort to catch Pandya in the act, the ATS set up a trap and managed to arrest the suspect, who was found with some small pieces of uranium. During an inquiry after the arrest, Pandya revealed the material had been supplied by another man, Abu Tahir Afzal Hussain Choudhary, of Mankhurd.

Police handcuffs (Pixabay)Pixabay

Officers subsequently went after Choudhary and arrested him at Kurla Scrap Association in Mankhurd, Mumbai, where they also seized 7.100 kg of uranium, India TV News reports.

Pandya and Choudhary are said to have had the material tested at a private laboratory in order to check its purity, and officials are now questioning the two suspects to trace further links in the supply chain.

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Following the operation, the uranium was sent to the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) at Trombay for analysis, where it was determined that the substance was natural uranium, which is ‘highly radioactive and dangerous to human life’.

On Wednesday, May 5, the ATS registered a case under provisions of the Atomic Energy Act-1962 and the two suspects appeared at a local court, which remanded them in the custody of the ATS until May 12.

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Emily Brown

Emily Brown first began delivering important news stories aged just 13, when she launched her career with a paper round. She graduated with a BA Hons in English Language in the Media from Lancaster University, and went on to become a freelance writer and blogger. Emily contributed to The Sunday Times Travel Magazine and Student Problems before becoming a journalist at UNILAD, where she works on breaking news as well as longer form features.

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