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Udaipur: Gang sells 1500 trucks laden with explosives illegally, kingpin arrested

Ammonium nitrate worth about Rs 300 crore sold illegally.

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February 1, 2018, 4:17 pm

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Mining in Rajasthan (file photo).

Jaipur: As many as 1500 trucks laden with ammonium nitrate – enough to blow up an entire city  – were sold illegally to miners by a gang in Udaipur. The police have arrested its kingpin, identified as Avinash Baheti, and said that he got the explosives from an authorized fertilizer firm at the government rate and distributed it to illegal miners.

Avinash Baheti was held from Indore in Madhya Pradesh. His name cropped up when the police intercepted some trucks laden with hundreds of sacks of ammonium nitrate in Khusher and Pratap Nagar areas in Udaipur in February and March. Interrogation with truck drivers led the police to Avinash Baheti.

Baheti allegedly told the police that he had distributed nearly 1500 trucks of ammonium nitrate over the past few years. He doesn’t have any record of the people who got the delivery of these explosives.

As an estimate, the ammonium nitrate distributed illegally by this gang is worth about Rs 300 crore.

Baheti used to buy ammonium nitrate from one Deepak Fertilizers at government rates and then sell it for a higher price illegally.

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First published: August 12, 2017