Sale of ammonium nitrate brought under control in Delhi
Delhi Police has notified that by May 31, 2013, all traders of Ammonium nitrate will have to apply for a licence. With this, the buyer will have to furnish his identity and purpose before purchase of ammonium nitrate. However, schools, colleges, laboratories, clinics and hospitals are allowed to possess less than 5kg of ammonium nitrate but the area SHO must be informed.
Punishment on Violation: maximum punishment for violation is a life term.
Why this move?
In recent blasts ranging from the Delhi high court explosions to the Bangalore BJP headquarters, police have found traces of Ammonium nitrate which shows the possibility of its use in making explosives.
Note: Sale and usage of ammonium nitrate falls in the special category under Explosive Substances Act.