Bhubaneswar:8/12/17; As many as 86 petrol pumps in Odisha had used electronic chips for fuel theft as per Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas.
The electronic gadgets were used as part of a nation-wide racket run by petrol pump dealers that was busted by Crime Branch, Mumbai in June this year. So far 33 accused have been arrested after a case in this connection was registered at Manpada police station in Thane. In a letter to Odisha Food and Civil Supplies Department and Odisha DGP, the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas has asked to submit a factual report as ‘no tampering’ of the dispensing units were earlier detected during raids conduct on various petrol pumps in Sambalpur in the month of August. The raids were conducted at two petrol pumps in Sambalpur-Venkateshwar Filling and M/s Pawan Putra Service Station on August 24 and 25 by a joint enforcement team led by Crime Branch and local police and officials from controller of legal metrology. After one Dambarudhar Lalman Mohanto was arrested in September, he revealed to the investigating agency that on the request of petrol pump owners ‘tampered equipments’ were replaced with normal ones in nearly 90 places in Odisha after the scam on the use of electronic chips for fuel theft surfaced in Uttar Pradesh.