7 held for steal­ing oil from IOC pipe­line

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - NEWS - HT Cor­re­spon­dent ▪ let­ter­schd@hin­dus­tan­times.com

CHANDIGARH: With the ar­rest of seven people from Ro­htak dis­trict, Haryana Po­lice on Tues­day claimed to have busted a gang in­volved in fuel theft from In­dian Oil Cor­po­ra­tion Lim­ited (IOCL) pipe­line.

Those ar­rested are Sachin (king­pin of the gang), Jogin­der, Aarti, Sat­bir, Prashant, Anil and Karam­bir alias Kala, a po­lice spokesper­son said.

Prashant and Anil run petrol pumps in Ro­htak and Jha­j­jar where they used to sell the stolen oil. The po­lice said that Sachin and one of his ac­com­plices Ashok, who is at large, had suf­fered losses in a busi­ness. Later, the duo hatched a plan to steal oil from Re­wari-Pa­ni­pat pipe­line that passes through Sam­pla area.

In Novem­ber 2019, Sachin and Ashok, along with other ac­cused, started steal­ing oil from an­other pipe­line pass­ing through Pakasma fields. When the oil com­pany de­tected the theft in De­cem­ber 2019, the ac­cused ab­sconded. In Jan­uary- Fe­bru­ary this year, they again sur­faced and this time tar­geted the pipe­line pass­ing through Nau­nand vil­lage.

Af­ter notic­ing a fall in pres­sure, the oil com­pany ap­proached po­lice fol­low­ing which an FIR was reg­is­tered and a probe was launched.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­port­edly re­vealed that owner of a farm, through which the oil pipe­line passed, was also in­volved in this crime.

“Sachin and Ashok sold the stolen oil to Prashant, Anil and Karam­bir at cheap prices, who fur­ther sold it to oth­ers,” the po­lice spokesper­son said.

“Prashant has a petrol pump on Sonepat Road in Ro­htak, while Anil runs a rented pump in Jha­j­jar. Sachin and Ashok have stolen oil worth lakhs from the pipe­line,” the spokesper­son added.

The po­lice are now try­ing to nab the ab­scond­ing gang mem­bers.

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