Monday, August 16, 2010

61 trucks loaded with 300 tons of explosives go missing in central India

More than 60 trucks full of explosives have mysteriously vanished in India, and officials there are worried that the bad guys may have hijacked the shipment. It seems incredulous to me that such a large number of trucks could vanish from the face of the earth and that the security of the explosives was so lax. 300 tons of explosives is an incredible amount to go missing without anyone knowing where they are and what they are now going to be used for. The explosives could be anywhere in the region by now, and targeting almost anything.

China's Xinhua News reported the incident: Some 61 trucks loaded with over 300 tons of explosives have gone missing in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, a senior police official said Friday. "The trucks were sent from a state-owned factory, Rajasthan Explosives and Chemicals Limited, in Dholpur to a private company called Ganesh Explosives in the state's Sagar district. But it never reached there," the official said. A massive search is on to track down the trucks as fear is mounting that if the explosives, including detonators and gelatin sticks, reach the wrong hands it could be devastating, he added.

Meanwhile, Rajasthan Explosives and Chemicals Limited has claimed that it can't be blamed for this disappearance as it sent explosives only in trucks authorized by the company. "We hand over the explosives to those who have the license. And they then dispatch it on their truck. Now, whatever happens to that explosive thereafter, we are not responsible for that," Y.C. Upadhyay of the company said.



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