State govt be­gins process to in­voke RAJPASA in Barmer crude oil theft

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - - Rajasthan - Mukesh Mathrani htraj@hin­dus­tan­times.com

: 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

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On July 22, the Barmer po­lice un­earthed a crim­i­nal syn­di­cate ac­cused of smug­gling more than 50 mil­lion litres of crude oil.

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