Uttar Pradesh minister Srikant Sharma on Tuesday commented on the rising situation of petrol theft in the state and issued a stern warning to petrol pump owners who indulged in the act of thievery, asking them to “stop looting customers or face punitive action”, according to to the PTI. Sharma was reacting to the strike called by these petrol pump owners against the state government’s vigilance and continuous raids on the crackdown on petrol outlets duping customers, he said, “Ulta chor Kotwal ko dantey (a wrongdoer has no right to protest).” Sharma said that under the leadership of Yogi Adityanath, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Uttar Pradesh was “committed to provide justice to people and put the dishonest behind the bar.”
Passing on a stern message to errant petrol pump owners, Sharma asked them to stop looting customers or be prepared to face punitive action. Sharma was also asked by reporters about the beheading of two Indian soldiers by Pakistani armed forces along the Line of Control on Monday, to which the minister said that the neighbouring nation would have to pay a heavy price it did not mend its ways.
According to PTI, Srikant Sharma was present in Mathura for the programme on Tehsil Diwas. The state minister said that Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had set a deadline of one week to address the problems faced by the people of a tehsil. Sharma was also speaking about his strong commitment to stop the theft of power in the state. Earlier the Special task Force had raided a few petrol pumps in the state and had found out that these pumps used an electronic chip on the dispensing machines, allowing them to sell a lesser amount of petrol for the same amount of money.