Mumbai ATS arrested 2 with uranium worth Rs 21 crore


A sensational case has come to light during the lockdown in Mumbai. The Mumbai Anti Terrorist Squad (Nagpada Unit) has arrested two persons by seizing 7.10 kg of radioactive natural uranium.

The seized material was sent to Bhabha Atomic Research Center. The Center has stated in its report that it is natural uranium which is highly radioactive and very dangerous to human life. Following the seizure of natural uranium of about Rs 21.30 crore, the ATS has registered an offence against the accused under the Atomic Energy Act, 1962 and other laws and further investigations are underway.

According to the ATS, on February 14, Police Inspector Santosh Bhalekar received a secret notification that a person from Thane, 27-year-old Jigar Jayesh Pandya, was allegedly planning to deal with some pieces of uranium. After confirming the tip, Bhalekar and other ATS laid a trap and were successful in capturing Pandya.

After his interrogation, Pandya revealed that the pieces of uranium were given to him by one Abu Tahir Afzal Chaudhary, 31. Chaudhary hails from the Mankhurd suburb of northeast Mumbai, barely 3 km from the Ankshi Nagar of Bark in Trombay. Shortly thereafter, the ATS team was joined by Bhalrao, API Prashant Sawant and others from where they captured Chaudhary and reached Mankhurd and radioactive material was seized under a panchnama.

After receiving BARC’s analysis report and a complaint filed by the ATS Nagpada Unit of Exploration and Research, Nagpur, Mumbai ATS Nagpada Unit for the Atomic Minerals Directorate, the first information report was filed which included the Atomic Energy Act, 1962 and other laws. The accused Pandya and Chaudhary were produced before the Magistrate Court and remanded to the custody of the ATS till 12 May.

The ATS is trying to verify from where Chaudhary obtained such a large amount of dangerous and radioactive material such as natural uranium and how many people were involved in this conspiracy or conspiracy.