State govt begins process to invoke RAJPASA in Barmer crude oil theft
: The state government has initiated the process for invoking provisions of RAJPASA (Rajasthan Prevention of AntiSocial Activities Act, 2006) in the high profile Barmer crude oil theft case. “I have consulted with the officials concerned to invoke the provisions of RAJPASA against the petitioner as they were found indulging in oil theft that has affected society at large,” additional advocate general KL Thakur said during the hearing at the Rajasthan high court on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, the petitioners’ counsel has prayed for more time to argue the matter.
Rajasthan Prevention of AntiSocial Activities Act, 2006, provides for preventive detention of bootleggers, dangerous persons, drug offenders, immoral traffic offenders and property grabbers for preventing anti-social and dangerous activities.
Enacted by the Rajasthan Assembly on October 6, RAJPASA provides for detention of offenders for up to a maximum of one year. The grounds for detention will have to be disclosed to the detainee within three days of his arrest.
On July 22, the Barmer police unearthed a criminal syndicate accused of smuggling more than 50 million litres of crude oil inside water tankers from India’s largest onshore oilfield in Barmer. The theft at the Cairn India oilfield went undetected for nearly six years until the police arrested 34 people involved in it.
The police claimed that the tanker operators were stealing crude while it was being transported to the processing terminal through tankers from wells.
Considering the high profile scam, the case was handed over to the SOG on July 29. On September 13, the SOG filed the first 38,411-page chargesheet against the 32 accused under sections 420, 407, 413, 120 B of IPC and 3/7 and 3/8 of EC Act before the chief judicial magistrate court in Barmer.
Meanwhile, on September 30, the SOG arrested two more accused. Of the two arrested, Bhoor Singh Rajpurohit was one of the main conspirators of this highly-organised and prolonged theft. The other person arrested was a tanker owner and driver, Ganesharam, who worked with Narenda Road Liners. The police have so far arrested 36 people in connection with the scam.
: A three-year-old boy was abducted, murdered and then thrown into a well by a relative in Baran district’s Kawai region.
Police said that a team from the Kawai police station was on night patrol in the region on Wednesday when a man, Shubraj Meghwal (35), approached them at midnight and said that his three-yearold son, Rohit Meghwal (3), was missing.
Later, the police went to the Salpur village, where the boy’s body was found floating in a well, said station house officer (SHO), Kawai police station, Dalbeer Singh Foujdar. A postmortem has been conducted on Thursday through a medical board and the body has been handed over to the family members, he said.
The accused— who is Shubraj’s brother-in-law — reportedly had a spat with his wife and she then returned to her parents’ home a few days ago.
The police said that the accused abducted the boy when he was sleeping with his father in the house in Salpur village on Wednesday night and killed him.
The accused lives in Kota and has been missing since the murder, Foujdar said.
“We have lodged a FIR regarding the abduction and murder and a search is on for the accused,” he said.
When asked about the motive, Foujdar said that the murder appears to have been committed following strained relations between the families of the deceased and the accused. HTC
ACTION Act provides for preventive detention of bootleggers and dangerous persons BARMER KOTA
On July 22, the Barmer police unearthed a criminal syndicate accused of smuggling more than 50 million litres of crude oil.