A troop of naval personnel attached to the North Central Naval Command in coordination with Mannar Police, apprehended a person with 3 kg (30 sticks) of gelignite during a raid carried out at South Bar area in Mannar, yesterday (10th February). Thereupon, 19 number of 3 inches long safety fuses and 19 nos of non electric detonators have been recovered while those were being transferred on a motor bike from Mannar to South Bar area.
The suspect is a resident of Mannar area aged 36 years. He was handed over to Mannar Police along with the motor bike, gelignite and other explosive items, for onward legal action. Further, during past few says, such hauls of explosive were recovered by SL Navy preventing illegal fishing with explosive in order to protect maritime environment.