Delhi Police Friday arrested a truck driver for allegedly stealing 2,000 litres of petrol from a supply depot of the Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) in Bijwasan. The accused, who ferried petroleum products from the depot to petrol pumps, used to smuggle out the fuel inside a hidden chamber in his truck, said police.
The driver is allegedly part of a pilferage racket, involving senior officials of petroleum companies and truck drivers, which is currently being probed by Delhi Police’s Crime Branch.
Confirming the arrest, Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime Branch) Ravindra Singh Yadav said, “The driver has been identified as Pramod Kumar.” The officer said police were looking for the owner of these trucks. “We are also probing the role of senior officials of petroleum companies,” he added.
Delhi Police got to know about the petroleum pilferage racket after senior officials of oil companies told Police Commissioner Alok Kumar Verma that several gangs in Delhi were involved in the theft and sale of petrol, diesel and kerosene.
Later, R S Chauhan, deputy general manager of Indian Oil Corporation, filed a police complaint alleging pilfering of petroleum products from the company’s pipelines. Earlier this week, a team from the Inter State Cell had conducted a raid near the BPCL depot in Bijwasan. “We have formed an internal inquiry panel to investigate the matter. We have also suspended the contract of the transporter and we are cooperating with police in their investigation,” said a BPCL spokesperson.