The Maharashtra Anti-Terror Squad or ATS has seized over 7 kg of natural uranium worth about ₹ 21.30 crore and arrested two persons in this connection. An analysis conducted by the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre or BARC the substance was found to be “highly radioactive and dangerous to human life”. Based on a complaint by an officer from Bhabha Atomic Research Center (BARC) in Mumbai, an FIR has been filed and further investigations are on. A case has been registered under the Atomic Energy Act.
On receiving information, the ATS laid a trap and apprehended one person, a 27-year-old Thane resident, Jigar Pandya, trying to sell the pieces on Feb 14. During his interrogation, the ATS team got information that the uranium pieces were given to him by one Abu Tahir Afzal Husain Choudhary (31), a resident of Mankhurd in the eastern suburbs here, the official said. The ATS subsequently nabbed Choudhary from the premises of Kurla Scrap Association in Mankhurd and seized 7.100 kg of natural uranium from his possession, he said.
Source: India Today