Brazen robbers, in Bollywood style, steal oil from IOC depot in Delhi; here’s how they did it

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New Delhi | Published: January 25, 2018 1:27:33 PM

The Indian Oil Corporation was robbed of oil in a Bollywood film-like robbery on Tuesday night. It all started with a bang! An explosion took place in a gas pipeline in Dwarka North indicating there was a big emergency at hand.

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The Indian Oil Corporation was robbed of oil in a Bollywood film-like robbery on Tuesday night. It all started with a bang! An explosion took place in a gas pipeline in Dwarka North indicating there was a big emergency at hand. A police team reached the site and discovered a 150-foot long and 2.5-foot wide tunnel dug inside a room, which was being used to pilfer oil by the robbers, as per media reports. It emerged subsequently that a group of men stole oil from an Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOC) pipeline connecting Bijwasan depot to Panipat refinery regularly. According to the police, five people, involved in the theft, made a tunnel to connect the oil pipeline with an ordinary pipe in a room constructed in a vacant plot in Suraj Vihar locality under Dwarka North police station.

Locals informed police about the explosion and a police team reached the spot with bomb and dog squads. Reportedly, the intensity of the explosion was such that it blew up the entire room and shook the adjoining building. Fortunately, the oil pipeline was neither damaged nor did it catch fire. The oil pipeline (in question) runs from Bijwasan depot and crosses Dwarka, Uttam Nagar, and other west Delhi regions before ending at Panipat refinery.

As per a report by The Hindustan Times, the police managed to arrest one of the men, Zubair, who told the police that he was working with four others. The police have also found a truck having large overhead water tankers with some fuel kept in it.

IOCL, as per reports, has commenced the repair work of the pipeline.

Notably, this is not the first such instance. Earlier too, thieves had dug up a 90-metre tunnel and stole diesel worth Rs 2 crore from Indian Oil Corporation’s (IOC) Barauni-Kanpur pipeline. In yet another incident, which happened last year, a gang of thieves had stolen oil worth more than Rs 100 crore from a IOCL pipeline in Mathura.

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