Watch out: Here’s how petrol pumps could be stealing your fuel

By: | Updated: April 28, 2017 1:10 PM

Have you ever wondered if petrol pumps can steal the fuel that you pay for, in front of your eyes? Even though the petrol dispensing machines installed at petrol pumps give you the exact data on the amount of fuel and its corresponding money, miscreants have found a hi-tech way to deceive you.

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Have you ever found yourself wondering if petrol pumps can steal the fuel that you pay for, in front of your eyes? Even though the petrol dispensing machines installed at petrol pumps give you the exact data on the amount of fuel and its corresponding money, miscreants have found a hi-tech way to deceive you. According to TV reports, a Special Task Force raided several petrol pumps in Lucknow with an aim to check petrol theft. The reports said that the police found a minimum of 7 such pumps, where rampant stealing of petrol was happening. It appears that UP CM Yogi Adityanath is tightening the noose on such petrol pump owners in the state. If you are wondering how the pump owners were hoodwinking commuters? The answer is electronic chips.

These petrol pumps that were raided are all in Uttar Pradesh’s capital, Lucknow. Pump owners have reportedly been selling a lesser amount of petrol but charging the same amount of money. The reports said that the petrol pumps were stealing 50 ml of fuel on every litre. This essentially means that every time a customer paid for 1 litre of petrol, he/she would get the only 950ml. While, this may not seem much at an individual level, but together the trickery must have earned the owners huge amounts of black money. According to MyPetrolPrice, the current petrol price in Lucknow is around Rs 70. If the thieves were stealing 50 ml per litre, it means they were earning approximately Rs 3.5 per litre. This means every day, such pump owners could earn anywhere between Rs 2000 to Rs 4000, depending on the number of vehicles.

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But if you are still wondering how could they steal petrol just like that? An AajTak report showed that electronic chips were being used at fuel dispensing stations in order to steal your petrol. These machines were reportedly being used by the owners, to manipulate data. Amit Pathak, SSP, STF Lucknow, told TV channel, AajTak, that an organised gang had been working with pump owners to install the chips in the machines which were used to dispense 5 to 6 percent lesser fuel. He added that this is a widespread racket.

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Following the raid, the STF team arrested many petrol pump owners and workers. Meanwhile, it is possible that many other petrol pump owners in several cities across India might be using similar fraudulent practices to fool customers. Yet, such a raid in UP sends a strong message to such cheats as well as a warning to commuters.

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