1.5 kg, suspected radioactive Uranium has been recovered in Moreh, Manipur at the Indo-Myanmar border on Monday.
The police in a statement has mentioned that they suspect the recovered explosive item to be highly radioactive uranium or semi-processed uranium as the packet labelled as “explosive no. 337/99% proven, 425 volt”.
As per sources, the police retrieved the packet at 5:20 pm on Monday after being tipped by a local hotel owner, and it has being sent to Imphal for examination and analysis.
The Police sources have stated that the packet bore the legend “Uranium Corporation of India Ltd, Shillong (Meghalaya), North Eastern region.”
As mentioned by the sources, if the recovered item turned to be genuine product of the Uranium Cooperation of India Ltd, then it would be the first instance that such item was seized in Manipur and processed uranium being smuggled from India to other countries through Manipur.
The Department of Atomic Energy developed a plant for mining uranium deposit in north-eastern state of Meghalaya that have the potential to generate substantial nuclear fuel for atomic power plants in the country.
In 1994, several kilograms of semi-processed uranium from state owned uranium mine was stolen by a criminal gang, allegedly with Pakistani links.
Four years later, a federal politician was arrested near the West Bengal border with 100 kilograms of uranium from India’s Jadugoda mining complex that he was allegedly attempting to sell to Pakistani sympathizers associated with the same gang.