Indian Nuclear Security?

Three recent separate indian nuke related incidents – all internal. Drinking water contamination at Kaiga suspected of “disgruntled worker”. The stolen uranium and computers also involved indians not foreigners. Previously, many other lapses have also occured including missing nuke personnel one of whom turned up dead in Kali river near Kaiga plant.

India nuclear leak ‘inside job’

A “disgruntled” worker could be behind the leak of a radioactive substance into drinking water at an atomic power plant in southern India, police say.

Preliminary investigations suggested it was an “inside job”, a senior police officer told the BBC.

Fifty-five workers needed medical help for exposure to radiation after tritium contaminated a water cooler.

The Kaiga plant is highly protected and outsiders have little access to it.

Three caught with uranium, depleted yet hazardous

Mumbai Three men were caught with 5 kg of “regulated and prescribed material” Uranium-238 on the city’s outskirts Tuesday.

Premsingh Tangayan Savitri of Sai Nagar in Panvel, Venkat Dalapathi of Vashi and Tulsidas Bhanushali of Ghatkopar were produced in the Panvel court and remanded in police custody till December 17.

“Even in a depleted state, it is carried in containers and highly shielded as it can still be hazardous,” said an expert, adding that it is known to be found in Jharkhand, Bihar and was recently found in Nagpur.

Defence advocate Prafulla Mhatre said, “The three are innocent. The police in their remand application have said they want the custody to ascertain the source of the uranium and also to probe what it was being used for.”

Question mark over security at Tarapur

Mumbai: The attempt last month by two men to steal discarded computer parts from the Tarapur Atomic Power Station (TAPS) has raised serious questions about the quality of security provided by the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF).

Luckily, the hard disk that was among the parts which Prashant More and Amit Shelke were caught trying to steal did not have any data relating to TAPS operations.

But the fact that the workers used a CISF vehicle to try to spirit out the parts in a quest for easy money and made it to the main gate without being stopped en route has put a question on the alertness of the CISF.

Another article of interest from Aug 2009 by Mohammad Mansoor Ali Ansari,
Indian Nuclear Arsenal and Installations under serious threat


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