1. Yogi Adityanath effect: How a petrol pump in Uttar Pradesh ‘vanished’ overnight

Yogi Adityanath effect: How a petrol pump in Uttar Pradesh ‘vanished’ overnight

A Lucknow-based filling station simply 'vanished' within a matter hours just ahead of a raid by the STF.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: May 2, 2017 6:18 PM
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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.

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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.

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    Sanjay Dembla
    Jul 4, 2017 at 11:50 am
    The practice of short dispensing is the handiwork of the officers of the Oil corporation together with the officers of the state Weight measurement departments. they are hand in glove with the petrol pump owners who are protected by these corrupt officers. Deliberate inaction by the petroleum ministry and the oil corporations encourage these cheats to carry on looting the general public. In Lucknow there are cases where no action has been taken against the cheats for over two years of being caught.. Imagine the plight of a pick pocket or a cycle thief who is does this for his need and is mercilessly beaten up by the public and police but these cheats who loot the public for crores of rupees just to satisfy their lust are even protected by the State Governments and the white collored corrupt officials who try their level best to protect them and the Petroleum Ministry which sits petty against these corrupt officials thus giving the impression that there is a nexus between them.
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      Sanjay Dembla
      Jul 4, 2017 at 11:24 am
      It is only the inaction by the corrupt officers who are hand in glove with the petrol pump owners that the petrol pump owners are fearlessly indulging in unfair trade practice. Petrol pumps in Lucknow caught more than two years back have seen no action against them. Even letters to the Hon'ble Petroleum Minister fail to take any notice. Since the Ministry and corporation itself protects these cheats they not only indulge in these malpractices but also promote the the practices by tempting others to follow the line.

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