The Uttar Pradesh Special Task Force (STF) arrested 23 people on Friday and registered FIRs against seven petrol pumps for using cheating chips to steal petrol. The task force also recovered 15 electronic chips and 29 remote controls from these petrol pumps according to the news agency ANI. The agency also reported that a chip like device worth Rs 3000 was placed inside the petrol dispensing machine that did the job for the thieves.
Responding to the incident, Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan 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.
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He also confirmed that petrol pump owners have been reportedly selling lesser amount of petrol for the same price. “The authorities were reported to have found at least seven such pumps where the stealing of petrol was rampant. These pump owners had been reportedly selling a lesser amount of petrol at the same charge. There are reports which allege that these pumps have been stealing 50 ml of fuel per every litre. This basically means that for every litre the customer pays for, he gets 950 ml of petrol,” he added.
According to the agency, an electrician named Ravindra had sold this chip to over 1,000 petrol pump owners across Uttar Pradesh. The task force conducted raids across various petrol pumps at Sitapur Road, Chinhat at Kamta crossing, Samta Mulak crossing in Gomtinagar and KGMU all of them were found to be using the said chip.
One of the customers told ANI, “We are very satisfied and happy. The government should continue this good work. I suggest strict action should be taken against the wrong doers.”