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Enriched uranium seized in Meghalaya
April 12, 2006 21:52 IST
One kilogram of enriched uranium, suspected to have been stolen from a government facility in Meghalaya has been seized from three men who tried to sell it, police sources said Wednesday.
A packet containing the uranium bore the marking 'Department of Atomic Energy, Atomic Minerals Directorate for Exploration and Research Centre, North Eastern Region, Shillong', the sources said.
Two more markings on the packet 'explosive number 2000/LG/ 27-D' and 'B/337 Enriched Uranium' indicated that the substance was high grade uranium used as fuel at nuclear power stations.
Three men, who had earlier asked for several crore of rupees for the uranium, were approached by police personnel posing as customers Tuesday.
The men after bargaining agreed to sell the uranium for Rs 50 lakh, the sources said.
The three persons, identified as Dhiren Bharali, Krishna Das and Nirod Das, were arrested and booked under the Explosives Act and a case was registered against them at the Panbazar police station.
The uranium was sent to a forensic laboratory for tests, the sources added.