The sample was sent to IIT Kanpur for investigation by telling the radioactive substance californium turned out to be a mixture of iron, carbon, and sulphur. Recently, Ghazipur Police of Lucknow had recovered it from eight people. No radiation material was found in this material.
As soon as the investigation was completed on Tuesday, the report prepared by IIT Kanpur was sent to Ghazipur Police. On Thursday, when the sample came to IIT Kanpur, the professor was unable to decide whether to get the investigation done from the Department of Mechanical Engineering or Chemical Engineering.
However, Director Prof. Abhay Karandikar handed over the investigation to the Mechanical Engineering Department. After this, the investigation was completed on Tuesday and the report was sent to Ghazipur Police. The director of IIT confirmed the sending of the full and final report.
Police had arrested eight people, including 340 grams of suspected metal, the world’s second most expensive radioactive substance, in the early hours of Thursday. The metal seized was being told as californium, the value of which was being estimated in billions.
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Gang leader Abhishek Chakraborty resident of the Kanpur Road LDA Colony Krishnanagar, Mahesh Kumar resident of Nevada New Area Bihar, Ravi Shankar resident of Shahjahanpur Patna Bihar, Amit Kumar Singh Manasnagar Krishnanagar, Sheetal Gupta alias Raj Gupta Gulzar Nagar Bazarkhala, Harish Chaudhary resident of Lokihwa Basti, Ramesh Tiwari resident of Kathoutia Sanwadi Paculia Basti and Shyam Sunder Gandhinagar Basti were caught by the police.
Moreover, Mahesh and Ravi Shankar had brought it from Bihar. The cost of pure calcium is around $2.7 million per gram (about Rs 19 crore). It is sold in milligrams.