Package with seeming Uranium ‘Cooperation’ of India markings found at Moreh
Manipur (VSK). What may be termed as out of ordinary, a package supposedly manufactured by Uranium Cooperation of India, suspected to contain explosive materials landed into the hands of a villager at Moreh.
The word “corporation” however is misspelled as “cooperation” in the marking, raising doubts about its authenticity.
After the OC of Moreh Police had informed several other senior officials regarding the matter, the spot where the suspected explosive object was kept under strict surveillance by a joint team of Moreh Police personnel, Commandos and Assam Rifles.
A bomb expert team from Assam Rifles, Tengnoupal were earlier called in to ascertain the exact nature of the suspected explosive device; but due to their alleged refusal, teams from Chemistry department and other departments from Manipur University are scheduled to visit the site for investigations. However, the possibility of whether the supposed explosive device can be diffused or discarded could not be ascertained yet but Moreh Police is keeping a strict vigil over the spot.
How the container bearing manufacturers details of the Atomics Minerals Directorate (AMD), Director of Atomic Explosion Research Center North Eastern Region-Shillong under the Uranium Cooperation of India, came to end up at Moreh remains a mystery with locals enquiring how it came in the hands of an ordinary member of the public.
The words “Govt. use only, not for sale, Powder 99 % refined” and “Explosive No. 337/99% Proven 425. Volt 2014” are found inscribed on the container.
The incident came in the wake of heightened security by Assam Rifles along the Indo- Myanmar border concerning Lok Sabha election counting due to be held on May 23. Unauthorised border routes have been sealed and intensified checkings have been carried out at the authorised gates.