An anonymous tip-off has helped the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), Intelligence Bureau and Rajasthan Police’s Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) join hands to bust a mineral smuggling racket that involved exports of beryl — an atomic mineral ore of Beryllium — to China.
About 31 tonnes of beryl is learnt to have been recovered after the smuggling plan was subverted by the DAE, which received information on the illegal export of beryl through the anonymous letter early in January. Following this, the IB was alerted.
The inputs were verified by the intelligence agency and passed on to Rajasthan Police’s ATS, which gathered further information and arrested six persons in end-January, resulting in the recovery of the atomic mineral.
China is one among a handful of countries — the US, Canada, Russia and Brazil being the others — that extracts beryllium from the mineral ore for use in atomic power plants, space technology and scanning equipment.
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Source: Islamic News Daily