Kannur: Police on Thursday recovered an
unspecified quantity of ammonium nitrate -- reportedly
"leftovers" by suspected LeT militant T Nazir for carrying out
subversive activities in the country -- even as four of his
associates were also arrested here.
The explosive substance was seized from a pit dug in
the premises of the residence of a close relative of Afzal,
taken into custody earlier today for his alleged links with
Nazir, near Chakkarakkal in the district.
Police said the Special Investigation Team probing
terror-related cases in Kerala are carrying out search
operations near Chakkarakkal.
They said the seizure was made on information gleaned
from Nazir, questioned by Kerala and Karnataka police in
Bangalore in connection with various terror related cases in
the southern states.
Nazir, a resident of Kannur, arrested by Bangladesh
Rifles along with associate Shafaz recently, reportedly told
police in Bangalore that around 75 kg of ammonium nitrate, a
major component used to devise explosives, was kept in the
The explosives are reportedly "leftovers" by Nazir for
carrying out subversive activities in parts of the country.
Police said the actual quantity of the seized explosives could
not be ascertained as the operation was going on.
Meanwhile, SIT had rounded up Muthalib and Afasal
today and Rahnaz and Sharfuddin last night, taking the total
number of those held to five. Shamir, said to be an accomplice
of Nazir, was arrested near here yesterday.