Atomic Material Smuggling Racket Busted in Rajasthan, Six Held
Chargesheets against the six arrested were filed in the court of the District Judge, Jaipur, on February 27.
Acting on a tip-off, Rajasthan’s Anti-Terrorism Squad have arrested six people for trying to smuggle beryl – an atomic mineral ore of Beryllium — to China. According to The Indian Express, approximately 31 tonnes of beryl have been recovered after the smuggling plan was subverted.
The Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), Intelligence Bureau and Rajasthan ATS had joined hands to bust the smuggling racket. The DAE reportedly had received information through an anonymous letter in January. Six people were held in end-January.
An FIR under Section 14/24 of Atomic Energy Act, 1962 was registered by the Superintendent of Police, ATS, Rajasthan Police, Jaipur on the written complaint of Regional Director, Western Region, AMD, Jaipur. Six persons were caught;Government official as quoted in The Indian Express
Beryl is one of the “prescribed substances” notified by the DAE under the Atomic Energy Act, 1962. And, Rajasthan accounts for nearly 10 percent of its output in the country. As a party to the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) Convention on Physical Protection of Nuclear Material, India is obliged to check the smuggling of atomic minerals.
According to The Indian Express, chargesheets against the six arrested were filed on February 27 in the court of the District Judge, Jaipur.
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