India’s nuclear security exposed after authorities seize 7 kg of radioactive Uranium

India’s nuclear security has been left exposed after Indian police seized 7 kilograms (15.4 lbs) of highly radioactive Uranium in Indian state of Maharashtra.

As per details, the illegal smuggling of highly radioactive Uranium was botched by a raid conducted by Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) after it received intelligence tip-off that an individual named Jigar Pandya was looking to sell the highly radioactive material.

A case has been registered after Mumbai’s Bhabha Atomic Research Center confirmed that the seized material was in fact highly radioactive Uranium.

It is pertinent to know that this is the second time Indian authorities have seized illegal highly enriched Uranium. In 2016, Indian police seized an alarming 9 kilograms of depleted Uranium (DU).

Pakistan has expressed serious concerns over seizure of 7 kilogram of highly radioactive and dangerous Uranium in India.

Security of nuclear materials should be the top priority for all countries. There is a need for thorough investigation of the matter as to how such sizeable quantity of uranium could become available outside any state control and identify the gaps which made this possible, read the MoFA press-release.

It is to be noted that Uranium Isotope Uranium isotope ‘Uranium -235’ is the primary element used in nuclear power plants and most alarmingly in the preparation of nuclear weapons.