Lahore, 4th June: Police have arrested seven people and seized 6.4 kilograms of uranium from their possession in India.
Baaghi TV: Indian media has reported that the Indian police have arrested seven people and recovered 6.4 kilograms of uranium from their possession on Friday.
This incident is the second in less than a month that authorities have seized a large quantity of radioactive material from unauthorized persons in the country.
The incident took place in the eastern state of Jharkhand in Bokaro district, according to the Indian Express. Authorities have not yet arrested the suspect from whom the substance was purchased, the report said.
Seven people have been arrested on suspicion of possessing and selling minerals, which are suspected to be uranium. The report quoted SP Chandan Jha as saying, “We are investigating the matter further and the minerals have been sent to the lab to check its authenticity.”
Minerals have been identified as uranium in a press release and FIR issued by Bokaro police. The publication said that SP Jha had declined to comment on whether any investigating agency was involved and did not comment on whether he had asked the arrested accused about his detention.
According to the Times of India, the suspects involved in the illicit uranium trade are suspected to be part of a national gang looking for consumers and valued at Rs 500,000. The report added that two of the men arrested had criminal histories.
This was the second time in India that such highly radioactive material had been seized by police in recent years. In 2016, police seized about 9kg (19.8 pounds) of uranium in the Maharashtra region.
Uranium is used for a variety of purposes, including nuclear explosives and medical techniques. The fact is that some people are concerned about nuclear safety in India due to the theft or illegal mining of uranium. It also indicates the possibility of a nuclear market in India that could be linked to international players.