2 arrested, over 7kg of uranium seized in India

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New Delhi

Indian police seized over seven kilogrammes (15.4 pounds) of natural uranium and arrested two men in the western Maharashtra state for “illegally possessing” the highly radioactive substance, an authority said on Thursday.

According to the anti-terrorism squad in Maharashtra, the confiscated material is worth around $2.9 million and an investigation into the case is under way.

“We had received information that one person identified as Jigar Pandya was going to illegally sell pieces of uranium substance, a trap was laid and he was arrested,” the Maharashtra police said.

“Investigation into the case revealed that another person identified as Abu Tahir gave him these pieces of uranium.” The police said a huge quantity of substance was recovered when Tahir was apprehended.—Anadolu Agency