March 18, 2017

India: Police seize detonators, gelatine rods from temple godown in Indore

The Times of India

Police seize detonators, gelatine rods from temple godown in Indore

| | Mar 17, 2017, 10.40 PM IST
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INDORE: Malharganj police seized a large stock of illegal explosive materials from a godown in Kandilpura area on Friday. More than 45 detonators and 30 gelatin rods were seized from the godown of a temple.

Police ruled out misuse of explosives for extremist activities. They said the accused might have stocked the explosives for stone quarries but the storage is also illegal.

Police said the raids were conducted after crime branch had received the information from a local about explosives being stocked illegally in the store room of the temple.

The police team inspected a store room near the temple where they found electric detonators hidden without proper documents. The owner of the godown Devki Nandan was also questioned by the police.

Devki, who is a temple priest, during interrogations, claimed that he had no idea who stocked the explosives in the storage room.

"It has come to fore that the room is accessible to several persons of the temple and they have a key to it. Anyone could have stocked the explosives in the room. We are questioning the locals in the area and others to know more about the case," Rupesh Dwivedi, ASP told TOI. Malharganj police also claimed that there was a dispute regarding the temple land and there was a possibility that someone had stacked the explosives in the room to falsely implicate the temple priest.