In latest developments, the Uttar Pradesh STF raided 5 more petrol pumps in the state capital, Lucknow and arrested 2 people. Earlier yesterday, two petrol pumps had been separately raided in Muzaffarnagar and Lucknow following the irregularities found in fuel dispensing machines. According to the PTI, Muzaffarnagar’s District Supply Officer, Madan Yadav had led a team raiding a petrol pump in the district. The raid, in Lucknow, however, had been carried out by the Special Task Force. Following the raids, 10 petrol pump workers had been detained by the police in the state capital.
Muzaffarnagar’s District Supply Officer, Madan Yadav told reporters that one of the fuel dispensing machines in the raided petrol pump was found to have certain irregularities. This, however, is not the only case of petrol stations allegedly stealing petrol from their customers in the state. Last week, it had been reported that certain petrol pumps in Lucknow, used electronic chips to take out a certain amount of petrol every time they catered to a customer while charging them for it. It was found that for every litre, the petrol pumps took away 50 ml of the fuel.
The UP STF is reported to have had 23 people arrested while registering FIRs against 7 petrol pumps for using these chips to cheat customers and steal petrol. As per a report by ANI, the task force also recovered 15 electronic chips and 29 remote controls from these petrol pumps. The report said that a chip like a device, which costs Rs 3000, was placed inside the petrol dispensing machine that did the job for the thieves.