Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Cops seek info on uranium from airline

Thane: Investigators probing the seizure of 8.6 kgs of Depleted Uranium (DU) have sought the information from the Indian airlines authorities as the two accused arrested repeated that they secured the metal from the cockpit of a scrapped Indian airlines planes nearly a decade back.
It was on Saturday that the two accused —Saifullah Khan 37 and Kishor Prajapati 59—were formally arrested and a case was registered at Kasarwadvli police station after getting the positive reports of Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) stating that the samples are radioactive.
Investigators are seeking detailed information about the use of DU in the plane and also to verify if the airlines really carried the metal in such a huge quantity. "We are formally sending a request to Indian Airlines seeking the information about the said scraped plane which Prajapati claimed he got in the DU from," said a police officer.
In his statement to the police, Prajapati told the investigators that it was in 2006 that he had got a 'contract' of scrap Indian Airlines plane and found the 8.6 kg DU in the cockpit. Also, Khan was helping him out to sell it in the market since a very long time.
26/12/16 Nishikant Karlikar/Times of India
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