A joint team of Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra police on Monday arrested two persons who allegedly supplied electronic chips that helped petrol pump owners short-change their customers in Lucknow. As per the allegations, an electronic chip upon installation in the machine made it dispense less fuel than the quantity for which the customer is charged.
The report said that the device, which costs around Rs 3,000, reduces the fuel output by 5 to 10 per cent. The report further said that device was even linked with a remort control used to manipulate the volume. The Uttar Pradesh Special Task Force, which was on a hunt for the chip suppliers, has so far raided more than 15 places and has arrested more than 25 people so far.
However, the people who were arrested today have been named as the masterminds of the entire supply chain. The persons named as Avinash Manhohar Naik and Vivek Harishchandra were arrested from Maharashtra’s Thane. Microchips, remotes and other electronic items were seized, an officials of the UPSTF said.
The UPSTF further said that duo will be brought to Lucknow on transit remand for further questioning. Launching a massive crackdown on fradulent petrol pumps, STF had on April 27 raided seven petrol pumps in Lucknow which were allegedly using the electronic chips. It was reported that the alleged scam helped them earn a profit of Rs 14 lakh per month on an average. Not only Lucknow, several petrol pumps in other parts of Uttar Pradesh were also raided by the police. However, petrol pump owners in UP had protested police action alleging that workers were afraid of even going to the fuel station for work.