Tuesday, 30 November 2021

Seven held, 6 kg uranium seized in India

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NEW DELHI – Indian police have arrested seven people for possessing and planning to sell ‘mineral uranium’ in the black market in district in Jharkhand.

According to Indian media reports, police said that they seized 6.4 kg of ‘uranium mineral’ from two of the accused, however, they are yet to nab the leading suspect from whom the mineral was procured.

 A police team conducted raids at various locations in the district on the directions of Superintendent of Police, who got information that a group of criminals were active to trade uranium…During the raids, seven criminals were arrested and six kg of uranimum was recovered from their possession,  a statement from the India’s Bokaro police said.

A case has been lodged with the Harla police station in this regard under various sections of the IPC and Atomic Energy Act.

Police said the accused, suspected to be part of national gang involved in illegal uranium trade, were searching for customers and had fixed its price at Rs 50 lakhs per kg. Notably, a kilo of uranium sells for around Rs 18 crores in the global market, sources said.

The statement said that the seized ingredient would be sent to a forensic science laboratory for examination.

Pakistan expresses concern over illicit Uranium sales in India

Pakistan on Friday expressed deep concern over the illegal sales of Uranium in India, and demanded a thorough investigation of such incidents.

Responding to media queries about reports of attempted illicit Uranium sales in India, Foreign Office Spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri said that we have seen the reports about yet another incident of attempted illegal sale of six kilograms of Uranium in India.

Chaudhri said a similar incident involving seven kilogram of Uranium in the Indian state of Maharashtra last month and other such reports in the past are a matter of deep concern as they point to lax controls, poor regulatory and enforcement mechanisms, as well as possible existence of a black market for nuclear materials inside India.

The spokesperson went on to say that the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1540 and the IAEA Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material (CPPNM) make it binding on states to ensure stringent measures to prevent nuclear material from falling into wrong hands.

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