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Odisha 86 petrol pumps used electronic chips for fuel theft


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.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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