Police in Rajkot claimed to have busted a racket of oil theft in transit,near Maliya Miyana in Morbi district on Friday,and arrested five people in this connection.
Acting on a tip-off received by IG (Rajkot range) Praveen Sinha,the Rapid Response Cell kept watch over a hotel on National Highway 8A near Maliya Miyana. The police team is reported to have caught five people red-handed,while furnace oil from four oil tankers was being stolen around 12 am on Friday.
The tankers were transporting furnace oil from Mundra port in Kutch district to a company in Palej of Vadodara district. The drivers of the four tankers were in contact with one Hiteshdan Gadhvi of Rajkot. They had set the time and place. Gadhvi came to Maliya in a tempo with empty cans, police sub-inspector Mukesh Jani,who was leading the police team said.
Jani said that drivers broke open seals of their tankers and gave around 300 litres of furnace oil to Gandhvi at Rs 10 per litre. Gadhvi in turn would sell the oil at Rs 20 in Rajkot. Police said the Vadodara-based company was importing the oil at Rs 30.
Police arrested the four tanker drivers,who hailed from Punjab and Uttar Pradesh,as well as the driver of the tempo. Gadhvi managed to escape. The tempo driver was Gadhvis friend and claimed that he did not know the oil was being stolen, the PSI further said.
Based on a complaint filed by the head constable of the RR Cell,Maliya Miyana police have booked the six for criminal breach of trust and conspiracy,and started investigation.