Thane: The city police have seized 292 low-intensity crude bombs and arrested a person for the illegal possession of the explosives, an official said today.
The accused told the police that the crude bombs, locally known as ‘dukkar bombs’, were meant for killing wild animals. Dukkar is Marathi for “pig”.
Acting on a tip-off, the officials of the city police’s Crime Branch kept a tab on the accused, identified as Pravin Patil (34), and nabbed him from Daighar area here on Sunday evening, senior police inspector Nitin Thackre said.
Patil told the police during questioning that the explosives were used to hunt and kill wild animals, especially pigs, for their skin and meat, Thackre said.
According to the bomb detection and disposal squad, the crude bombs were made of some explosive material, coins and pellets, he said.
The Shil Daighar police have booked the accused under Indian Penal Code Section 286 (negligent conduct with respect to explosive substance) and also section 5 of the Explosive Substance Act of 1908, he said.
The accused hails from Raigad district and disclosed to police that the bombs were meant for killing wild animals.
On the diffusion of a sample of a bomb by a specialized team, it was found that the bombs were made out of explosive material, coins and pellets.
The police are trying to find out if a gang was involved in the illegal sale and purchase of such explosives, the official said.