This Article is From Aug 15, 2010

Missing trucks found; no trace of explosives

Bhopal and Dholpur (Rajasthan): In the explosive laden missing trucks case, four of the sixty one missing trucks have been found, however, the explosives are missing. (Read: 61 trucks, 300 tons of explosives missing)

The trucks were recovered in Rajgarh district of Rajasthan.

The truck drivers have been taken to custody and the police are questioning them.

Sixty one trucks loaded with explosives - gelatin sticks and detonators - worth Rs 1.5 crore had disappeared between April and June this year.

The trucks pulled out of a government factory in Rajasthan's Dholpur district belonged to the Rajasthan Explosives and Chemicals Limited, (RECL). The truck's convoy went missing while they were headed to another factory - Ganesh Explosives - in Madhya Pradesh. 

The company that was meant to receive them had paid its bill in advance.  It is co-owned by Devendra Singh Thakur and Jaikishen.  In July this year, Devendra filed a complaint with the police, stating that while his factory's license had expired in March, Jaikishen was still ordering - and receiving - explosives from Rajasthan. Jaikishen is now missing.

On the other hand, the Rajasthan factory says it was not aware that it was sending explosives to a factory which was no longer meant to be in business. "Whenever we sent explosives, we gave information to the police in Dholpur and in Sagar. Beyond that we don't have to do anything and we have not committed any fault," says YC Upadhyay of RECL.