PETALING JAYA: No terrorism links were found in the case of the missing 23kg Radioactive Dispersal Device (RDD), says Selangor's top agent.
"From now on there is no indication that the loss of equipment is connected to terrorism," Selangor police commander Comm Datuk Mazlan Mansor said in a statement released on Tuesday (August 21).
His statement also explained the health risks that could arise from unprotected contact with the device.
According to the Atomic Energy Licensing Board, the device contains 50 curies Iridium-192 and can cause health problems depending on the type of exposure.
"Everyone who is exposed to activities with a reading of about 50 curies and about 120 minutes at a distance of one meter (without protection) receives exposure levels up to 500 milliseconds (mSv).
"Exposures around 500 mSv cause nausea and headaches, and burnt skin can develop above that," he said.
Datuk Mazlan added that the police were currently working with the administration to track down missing equipment and track potential suspects.
Those with information about the case are called to contact the research officer Asst Supt Yong Meng Heng on 019 575 3399 or the nearest police station.
The device was missing on 10 August when it was transported from Seremban.
The company that owned the RDD – which consists of a large metal tube with a handle on top – allegedly used it to detect cracks in metal as part of the inspection protocol in the energy, power and transport sectors.
The police initially arrested two technicians who had transported the device.
The duo loaded the device on the back of their pickup after completing their task and left for their office in Shah Alam at 2 o'clock in the morning.
They discovered that the device was gone when they arrived an hour later.
The duo claimed they did not stop during their return journey and feared it had fallen off their truck.