The Salem city police on Thursday arrested a five-member gang for attempting to sell ‘red mercury’, claiming that it has medicinal properties to cure cancer.
The police said the gang members were trying to sell off the red mercury by claiming that they could be used in making nuclear bombs and to prepare medicine to cure cancer.
They said that even one millilitre of red mercury costs about Rs 3 crore in the illegal market.
Salem City Deputy Commissioner Senthil told media that the accused persons had mixed some colour powder to mercury and showed it as red mercury.
The police also seized their mobile phones which had videos explaining the process of preparing red mercury. They were camping in Salem over the last few days looking for buyers.
Further investigations are on to crackdown on their entire network.