In separate raids, two petrol pumps were raided in the cities of Muzaffarnagar and Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh after irregularities were found in the installed fuel dispensing machines. PTI reported that a team led by the Muzaffarnagar’s District Supply Officer, Madan Yadav, raided the petrol pump yesterday evening. While the raid in Lucknow was carried out by Special Task Force, ANI reported. 10 petrol pump workers and a manager were also detained by the police in Lucknow. Muzaffarnagar’s District Supply Officer, Madan Yadav, said that that one of the fuel dispensing machine at the pump were found to be having had irregularities. This is not the only case of alleged cheating at petrol filling stations in Uttar Pradesh. Days ago, seven petrol pumps were sealed in Lucknow after the Uttar Pradesh Special Task Force (STF) found an electronic chip being used in fuel dispensing machines to cheat consumers by providing them less fuel than what they were paying for.
In an operation, Uttar Pradesh Special Task Force (STF) had recently arrested 23 people, registering FIRs against seven petrol pumps for using cheating chips to 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.
Taking note of the incident, Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan had told the reporters that strict action will be taken against pumps where the chips were found. “No culprits will be spared and today a special task force had raided multiple petrol pumps in Lucknow to check out the reports of petrol theft. Strict action will be taken on them,” Pradhan told the news agency ANI.