Impasse over disposal of explosives

A week after the recovery of TNT slabs from the backyard of a house at Anthoniyarpuram in Thangachimadam, impasse continued over the disposal as Tiruvadanai District Munsiff-cum-Judicial Magistrate Court insisted on an inspection by the office of Joint Chief Controller (JCC) for giving its nod for destruction of the explosives.

After the police moved the court, seeking permission to destroy the explosives near the site, Judicial Magistrate P. Balamurugan, who inspected the 199 TNT slabs, kept near the site, asked the office of the JCC of Explosives, Chennai, to inspect them.

Experts’ opinion

The police had produced a letter given by Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad (BDDS) in Madurai in support of its stance that it was very risky to transport or keep the explosives in godown as they could explode due to vibration or friction.

The BDDS letter was endorsed by the regional forensic sciences laboratory here. Unconvinced, the Magistrate directly wrote to the office of the JCC of Explosives to inspect the explosives and give its opinion.

The police handed over the letter to the JCC of Explosives in Chennai on Monday. The JCC of Explosives has agreed to depute a team and the team would arrive here on Tuesday, Superintendent of Police Omprakash Meena said.

Meanwhile, local people have raised objections to police keeping the explosives in the residential area for a week.

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