Delhi Police’s Crime Branch is investigating the role of senior officials of petroleum companies for allegedly pilfering petroleum products from the supplying depot with the connivance of truck drivers. Police said probe showed suspects used a hidden chamber inside their trucks to pilfer fuel. Police registered a case of cheating Monday evening after impounding two such trucks. JCP (Crime Branch) Ravindra Singh Yadav said, “There is a bigger racket in Delhi who pilfer fuel. We are probing the role of senior officials of all petroleum companies.”
Sources said, over the last six months, several senior officials of petroleum companies informed Delhi Police Commissioner Alok Kumar Verma of theft and sale of petrol, diesel and kerosene. R S Chauhan, Deputy General Manager of Indian Oil Corporation, gave an official complaint alleging pilfering of petroleum products from their pipelines, police said.
Police sources said petroleum officials collude with truck drivers and make a hidden chamber inside their trucks. “A single truck can carry 20,000 litres but they procure 21,000 litres using the secret chamber. They then sell the additional 1,000 litres to customers in Noida and other parts of Delhi,” police sources added.
Police conducted a raid outside the BPCL depot in Bijwasan where two trucks with the secret chamber were intercepted.
“We use state-of-the-art equipment and still Delhi Police check the trucks. We are cooperating with them,” BPCL officials said.