Explosive Device Components Made by Indian Companies Used by ISIS

Premier Explosive, an Indian firm, involved in the supply chain of IED components to ISIS, were apparently unaware.

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File photo from a video released by  ISIS. (Photo: AP)

The Quint tried to contact seven Indian companies who are involved in the supply chain of components used by the Islamic State (ISIS) to construct improvised explosive devices. Most of them declined to speak over the phone and email, except Premeir Explosive, a company based in Secundarabad. According to the EU-mandated study, 51 companies from 20 countries are part of this supply chain.

Premier Explosive told The Quint that they were unaware of the final destination of the product. The company management is yet to decide the future course of action. The company is supplying detonators and detonating cords to Turkey.

Here is the excerpt of the telephonic conversation with R Viswanath, Deputy Manager of Premier Explosive.

Were you aware of the fact that your company’s product are further supplied to ISIS? 

We provided all details to the Conflict Armament Research when they approached us. We came to know about it only after they informed us. We were not aware where the products reached finally.

Where do you supply your products in Turkey and Lebanon?

We supply products to a company in Turkey. 

Now that you are aware of the issue, will you stop the export?

We are following the international procedure to export our products. So our export is legal. We have acquired proper permission from the Indian Government to export the product and everything is properly documented.  

Will you stop exporting to the said company in Turkey? 

Our management will decide on this issue. The c oncerned management heads are right now travelling. 

What is the name of the company? Since when have you been supplying?

We have been supplying to this company for over 5 years. 

What are your products designed for?

Our products are meant for commercial use like mining.

Will you take up this issue with the company in Turkey?

Our management will take a decision. 

The Quint will update this article as and when we get a response from the other Indian firms.

Watch this space.

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