Assam: Oil theft racket busted in Chabua


DIBRUGARH: Tinsukia police on Saturday arrested four persons and seized 14,000 litres of stolen condensate oil from the Dibrugarh district.

Sources said oil pilfering and stealing oil by cutting oil pipelines has been going on in an organised way in Tinsukia and Dibrugarh district.

Tinsukia DSP Hiranya Kumar Borah said that based on information from Oil India Limited (OIL)’s security team, a raid was conducted in Tinsukia town which led to the recovery of 6,000 litres of stolen condensate oil from two vehicles, a dump truck and a winger passenger vehicle.

The oil which was pilfered from OIL pipelines was kept in containers of 200 litres each.

“We arrested the drivers of the two vehicles who told us that the stolen oil was supposed to be taken to RD Dhaba which is located beside the NH-37 in the Chabua area of Dibrugarh district,” he said.

“We also came to know that the adulteration of oil was being carried out from a barricaded godown located behind the Dhaba. The gang with the connivance of the tanker drivers use to take out a certain amount of oil (diesel or petrol) from the tankers and replace it with cheap condensate oil. The tankers transport oil from the Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) plant in Digboi to various locations of the Northeast,” the DSP said.

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