Cops seize black oil in Mankhurd

Mankhurd police seized 4,100 litres of black oil in a raid as part of the crackdown on oil pilferage and adulteration mafia.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published:January 30, 2011 12:43 am

Police raid scrap compound,seize 4,100 litres oil

Mankhurd police seized 4,100 litres of black oil in a raid on Friday as part of the crackdown on oil pilferage and adulteration mafia across the state following the murder of Malegaon additional collector Yashwant Sonawane on Tuesday.

Acting on a tip-off,a police team raided a scrap compound and seized drums containing the adulterated oil. The police are in the process of identifying those involved in the crime. An officer from the Mankhurd police said,“On Friday,we received an information that oil was being adulterated at this place located in Kurla Scrap Mandal. We raided the place and seized the oil. Further inquiries are on.”

Police said they seized a set of 12 drums,containing 2,400 litres of black oil,another set of 17 drums half filled with black oil to the tune of 1,700 litres and 39 empty plastic drums worth Rs 3,900. “The value of the oil seized comes up to Rs 24,400. We are taking further precautions and have told officers to be alert for other such adulteration operations in the locality.”

As many as 165 cases have been filed across the state with regard to sand,kerosene,petrol and diesel pilferage and 320 persons arrested so far. Over the past year,as many as 1,192 cases of pilferage have been registered in the state,2,920 persons arrested and chargesheets filed against 1,828. The Mumbai Crime Branch had raided godowns in Kurla and Vakola areas over the past two days. It had seized over 1,32,000 litres of black oil.

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