Maoists loot ammonium nitrate from truck

Maoists today looted ammonium nitrate from a truck in a jungle near Dhamteri district of Chhattisgarh, the state`s top police official said.

Updated: May 20, 2010, 21:50 PM IST

Raipur: Maoists today looted ammonium
nitrate from a truck in a jungle near Dhamteri district of
Chhattisgarh, the state`s top police official said.

The truck driver told the police that the vehicle, which
was coming from Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh, was stopped
by the Maoists in the forest and the explosives were taken
away by them, according to DGP Vishwa Ranjan.

The Naxals let off the driver who then informed the truck
owner of the incident, Ranjan said adding the driver was being
questioned.

Penal action against transport company

In the wake of Naxals hijacking a
truck carrying 16.5 tonnes of explosives, the government has
decided to take penal action against the transporting company
for its "failure" to inform police about the consignment.

The action came following an investigation which
revealed that the transport company failed to inform the
Chhattisgarh Police about the consignment.

The Maoists yesterday waylaid the truck laden with
high-grade ammonium nitrate explosive material in Left-wing
extremism-hit Bastar region of Chhattisgarh.

The truck was on its way from Vishakapatnam in Andhra
Pradesh to Raipur in Chhattisgarh to deliver the consignment
to a factory. The route through Bastar is the shortest one to
reach Raipur from Vishakapatnam. The truck was not accompanied
by any security guard.

"Ideally, the transporter is supposed to inform the local
police about the movement of explosives. But the company did
not do it," an official said adding, similar action will be
taken if any such incident takes place in future.

Police have launched an operation to track the explosives
which were looted yesterday by the Maoists.

Ammonium nitrate is used by Naxals for making improvised
explosive devices which have claimed the lives of a large
number of security personnel in recent times.

The ultras had looted a detonator-laden truck in the
same area a few months ago. The detonators are yet to be
found.

PTI