Hazaribagh (Jharkhand), Aug 18 (ANI): Jharkhand police arrested three persons and seized a consignment of 450 bags of ammonium nitrate and 10 detonators here.
Acting on a tip off, the police raided a truck laden with bags of ammonium nitrate in Ichak block of Hazaribagh district and nabbed the three persons escorting the explosive materials.
"We were constantly getting information that ammonium nitrate is brought in the jurisdiction of Ichak Police Station and is immediately distributed. In the past as well we came to know during interrogation with three to four rebels that they had taken ammonium nitrate from Ichak for making landmines," said Pankaj Khamboj, Superintendent of Police, Hazaribagh.
Police said that seized ammonium nitrate was to be supplied to Maoists who in turn would have used it to make landmines and other explosives.
Ammonium nitrate chemical is a common ingredient in making bombs, mines and allied detonators. Though used as a fertiliser, ammonium nitrate can also be mixed with other materials to make a powerful explosive. (ANI)