Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s fight against illegal activities has wrongdoers running for cover, and how! Uttar Pradesh Special Task Force has been carrying out a number of raids these days in a bid to prevent petrol pumps from cheating customers – the problem is massive, but the authorities now have the mischief-makers scrambling for cover. The crackdown has been fierce and it has ensured rampant spread of fear in the quarters concerned. It just can’t be denied that the cops have injected a sense of terror among those who are involved in illegal activities. How much? Just read on!
A Lucknow-based filling station simply ‘vanished’ within a matter hours just ahead of a raid by the STF. NDTV and India TV reported that the petrol pump owners simply ripped out the petrol dispensing machines from the ground fearing an imminent raid by the officials – whether there was going to be an actual raid or not was unclear, but the rumour itself was enough to send them scurrying for cover! Before running off, a board was strategically placed claiming that the station was under ‘renovation’. While they may have pulled off the ‘disappearing act’ in a jiffy, the authorities were not about to get fooled and they were soon hot on their heels!
In due course, the STF recovered the petrol filling machines and also found clear signs of the presence of a ‘chip’ that dispenses lesser amount of fuel to customers than the amount they pay for.
In a mega-crackdown against cheating petrol pumps, more than 20 people have been arrested, while more than 10 petrol pumps have been raided so far. An ANI report said that 15 electronic chips and 29 remote controls from these petrol pumps have been recovered. The report said a chip-like device, which costs Rs 3000, was placed inside was also recovered from inside the petrol dispensing machine in many instances.
Watch | Petrol pump in Uttar Pradesh’s Lucknow got ‘vanished’ before raids (From 33.oo minutes onwards)
Taking note of the raids, Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan had on Monday ordered inspection of all petrol pumps in Uttar Pradesh. “We have initiated action against respective field officers. The strictest possible action will be taken against guilty petrol pumps, including termination of licence,” he was quoted as saying by PTI.
“Responsibility to ensure proper measurement lies with the state’s weights and measure department, but as owners, oil marketing companies also have to share the blame,” he said. “Surprise checks on fuel stations are to be conducted across the country,” he added.