India police seize 8 lbs of uranium from smugglers

PATNA, India Tue Feb 19, 2008 9:24am EST

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PATNA, India (Reuters) - Police in eastern India have seized 8 lbs (around 4 kg) of low-quality uranium after they arrested a a gang of smugglers near Nepal's border.

The seizure was made in Supaul district in the eastern Indian state of Bihar late on Monday, police said.

"We pounced upon them while they all were striking a deal near the border," senior district police official Shyam Kumar told Reuters by telephone from Supaul, north of Bihar's state capital Patna.

India has a major uranium mine, Jaduguda, in the neighboring state of Jharkhand.

"They are interrogating the arrested smugglers to find out where the seized uranium was actually being supplied," Kumar said.

Police said one Indian and five Nepalis were arrested. (Writing by Alistair Scrutton; Editing by Alex Richardson)

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