DRDO to take call on Rameswaram explosives cache

By PTI Published on Jul 04, 2018 10:05 AM IST

Rameswaram (Tamilnadu): Experts who examined the landmines recovered last month along with a cache of arms and ammunition along the Thangachimadam coast, said the explosives could be defused only by the DRDO.

The deputy director (controller of explosives) Prasad Yadav and his colleague Sheikh Hussain, inspected the site and the nature of explosives which included mines and grenades.

Prasad told the local bomb squad, which also went to the spot, that the landmines could be defused only by DRDO experts, as the fuse system was complex.

However, the squad could defuse the less complex varieties, he said.

Prasad asked officials to soak the entire site with water till personnel of the Defence Research and Development Organisation arrived.

A judicial magistrate had earlier visited the site and taken stock of the quantum of explosives. It had been decided either to defuse the explosives, if possible, or bury them in a safe manner.

The explosives were unearthed 25 June after occupants of a house in the area alerted police to what they had discovered while a septic tank was being dug.

The items seized included eight rolls of wires for connecting the explosives, 20 mines, 11 packets of explosive chemicals, 15 hand grenades, 400 automatic rifle bullets, 5,500 small arms ammunition, 4,928 SLR ammunition, 199 sniper class bullets and 20 M5-302 bullets.

The arms and ammunition are suspected to have been buried there by terror outfit LTTE, some of whom had camped here in the 1980s during the outfit's war against the Sri Lankan government.