Sunday, December 05, 2021

Industrialist detained at airport

Coimbatore: The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel have detained a 32-year-old Delhi-based industrialist at the city airport on Saturday afternoon with some powder material containing trinitrotoluene (TNT), a chemical compound that is used chiefly as an explosive.

The CISF personnel have seized the powder and handed that over to the Peelamedu police for further investigation. Bomb detection and disposal squad has been deployed for testing the powder materials.

An official source identified the industrialist as Varun Arora, director, SRAM India LOGAM Private Limited, from South Delhi.

Preliminary inquiry revealed Varun had bought four types of powder materials from Himachal Pradesh. “On November 29, he landed in Kochi in Kerala in a flight from Delhi. The next day, he went to Trichy along with another person, identified as Manoj, from Kerala. Later, he arrived in the city. He was staying in a star hotel at Race Course. He had taken the powder materials to a private testing centre on Thiyagi Kumaran Street,” the source said. Varun was detained on Saturday afternoon, when he was about to leave for Delhi. “During the baggage scanning, traces of TNT were found in the powder material,” the source said. 

05/12/21 Times of India

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