The Indian CID catches another case of radioactive material Californium
- The Indian CID has arrested 2 people with radioactive materials worth $570 million.
- The CID officers have arrested Sailan Karmakar, aged 41, and Asit Ghosh, aged 49, with radioactive material Californium near Kolkata airport.
- This is not the first time when radioactive materials have been caught in this pattern.
There have been multiple cases of radioactive materials being sold in the black market of India.
“The duo claimed that they bought the radioactive substances, which weighed 250 gm in all, from someone in Karnataka, after chancing upon him on social media,” the CID officers explained. There has been a rise in the cases of such materials being transported and sold openly like this in the Indian black markets. These actions pose a serious threat to the peace in the region.
Pakistan has expressed serious concern over fresh reports of theft and illicit sale of radioactive material in India.
Pakistan’s Foreign Office spokesperson said that this is a matter of grave concern for the international community that an extremely rare Sealed Radioactive Source material like Californium could be stolen.
“We have noted with serious concern yet another report of theft and illicit sale of radioactive material in India. In the latest incident, as per media reports, two persons were arrested for illegal possession of Californium which is a highly radioactive and toxic substance.”
“It is a matter of grave concern for the international community that an extremely rare Sealed Radioactive Source (SRS) material like Californium could be stolen. As in the previous cases, the arrested individuals apparently got hold of the radioactive material by purchasing it from inside India,” The FO Spokesperson added.
This is not the first case of this kind:
Indian police in Jharkhand state had arrested seven people for possessing and planning to sell ‘mineral uranium’ in the black market of India. Police said that they seized 6.4kg of ‘uranium mineral’ from two suspects. Pakistan demanded a thorough investigation into the reports of illegal uranium trade in India after these arrests.