Sharmili Mallick

Kolkata: The Special Task Force (STF) of Kolkata police seized huge quantity of explosive substances from a goods vehicle in Chitpur area in the city and arrested two youths of Odisha in connection with the incident in the wee hours of Saturday.

The arrested persons have been identified as Indrajit Bhui of Melak village and Padmolochon Dey of Mathani village under Basta block in Balasore district, sources said.

Acting on a tip-off, police officers intercepted a goods vehicle near Tala bridge on the BT Road today and seized 27 gunny bags containing about 1,000 kg of potassium nitrate, informed an IPS officer.

“The vehicle was coming from Odisha and was heading towards North 24 Parganas district. We have arrested the driver and the helper of the goods vehicle. We are interrogating the duo and trying to find out more details from them," the officer added.

Potassium nitrate is used in making explosives.

(With PTI inputs)