CID probing alleged theft of explosives from Mawanella quarry

ECONOMYNEXT- Police are yet to find those responsible for the alleged theft of a stock of explosives from a rock quarry in Mawanella, Police Media Division said.

The Sunday Times reported yesterday that an owner of a rock quarry at Molliyagoda in Mawanella had complained to the police about the alleged theft of the explosives which had taken place on December 22.

Police said that among the items that are missing from the quarry were 15 kilograms of ammonium nitrate, 6 water-gel pellets, 20 detonators, 35 metres of detonator cord and one 70 Ampere battery.

Ammonium Nitrate, which is commonly used as fertilizer can also be utilised as an explosive if activated with a spark. In many granite quarries in Sri Lanka it is used to crack open boulders.

The Criminal Investigation Department has taken over the investigations while personnel from State Intelligence have also been sent to Mawanella to investigate the theft.

Police said that so far over 30 individuals including the workers of the quarry and residents of the area have been questioned. (Colombo/Dec28/2020)

Reported by Imesh Ranasinghe

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