Representational photo of uranium powder.
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Kolkata: The city police have arrested five men after two packets were found on them that mentioned that the powdery mixture inside is uranium.

Uranium is used in nuclear power plants and in the manufacture of nuclear weapons. It is illegal to sell or buy the item.

The five have been identified as Javed Miandad Nanoor in Birbhum, Sheikh Mughal of Sutahata in East Midnapore, Sahajahan Mondal of Baduria in North 24-Parganas, and Yunus Biswas and Basanta Singha of Behrampore in Murshidabad.

A team of the city police’s detective department netted the five from Mangoe Lane near Esplanade last night when they were allegedly waiting to sell the packets to someone. The two packets weighed 500 grams each and the paper label pasted on them were scribbled with the word uranium and other related information.

Police also found on them appointment letters issued by the state forest department, suspected fake. Although the police are not sure whether the packets actually contain uranium, the five were arrested as because their replies were found inconsistent as regards from where they had procured the item.

Joint commissioner (crime), Praveen Tripathi said that police have sent the packets to the Central Forensic Laboratory in the city to ascertain the identity of the contents.

The five, in the meantime, has been remanded in police custody by the Bankshall Court where the police produced them during the day today.