Chinese Lab Says Uranium Seized In Nepal Is Genuine

A Chinese laboratory has reported to the Nepal Police that the uranium that was seized by the police on March 12 was genuine. Police have sent the seized uranium to China for further investigation.

Chief of the Kathmandu Metropolitan Police SSP Ashok Singh said that the Chinese laboratory reported that the recovered item was raw uranium-238.

Police had first examined the object at the National Forensic Science Laboratory (NAST). NAST said the item could be a raw material for uranium.

Narayan Singh Tamang of Ramechhap, Januka Tamang, 40, of Boudhha-6 in Kathmandu, Prakash Chauhan, 20, of Ramchhap and Manoj Neupane, 20, of Sindhuli were arrested with the uranium last month.

A team from the Metropolitan Police Office arrested them and handed them over to the Metropolitan Police Range for further action. SSP Singh said the investigation had completed and the file was sent to the government prosecutor’s office on Sunday this week.

According to him, the arrested persons are being investigated under the Radioactive Materials Use and Regulation Act-2020. Police had seized 2.5 kg of raw uranium. Police have mentioned that the uranium entered Nepal some 20 years ago.