Chem­i­cal-laced en­velopes sent to Greece: NIA probes case

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New Delhi: The Na­tional In­ves­ti­ga­tion Agency has launched a probe to find the sus­pects who sent over a dozen iden­ti­cal “sus­pi­cious en­velopes” car­ry­ing some chem­i­cal to uni­ver­si­ties across Greece from In­dia last month, trig­ger­ing panic in the Euro­pean coun­try.

Some of the en­velopes had “Is­lamic con­tent” in­side, fol­low­ing which the Greek an­titer­ror­ism unit ini­ti­ated a probe and ap­proached the In­dian gov­ern­ment.

The en­velopes were sent to the uni­ver­si­ties and some pri­vate in­sti­tu­tions in Athens, Crete, Lesvos, Corfu, Cephalo­nia, Arta, Sparta and Vo­los among oth­ers. Greek au­thor­i­ties found out about the en­velopes, sus­pected to be posted from In­dia around Christ­mas and new year, af­ter the first one was dis­cov­ered at the Univer­sity of the Aegean in Myti­lene, Lesvos, where six to seven univer­sity em­ploy­ees came in con­tact with the ma­te­rial in­side it. They had to be rushed to hos­pi­tal af­ter they com­plained of al­ler­gic re­ac­tions in their mouth, nose and eyes.

The Gen­eral Sec­re­tariat for Civil Pro­tec­tion of Greece had claimed that the “sus­pi­cious sub­stance” found in the pack­ets was an in­dus­trial chem­i­cal — prob­a­bly an ir­ri­tant used in the pro­duc­tion of ad­he­sives and print­ing ink — and Greek lab­o­ra­to­ries are analysing it. In­dian com­pa­nies ex­port var­i­ous items in­clud­ing dyes, chem­i­cals, ma­chin­ery, au­to­mo­biles and auto part­sto Greece.

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