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Slamming officials and petrol pumps where the electronic chips have been found, Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan reacted to reports saying strict action would be taken where the electronic chips had been found.
"No culprits will be spared and today a special task force had raided multiple petrol pumps in Lucknow to check out the reports of petrol theft. Strict action will be taken on them," Pradhan told ANI. Pradhan further stated that petrol pump owners had been reportedly selling a lesser amount of petrol at the same charge.
"The authorities were reported to have found at least seven such pumps where the stealing of petrol was rampant. These pump owners had been reportedly selling a lesser amount of petrol at the same charge. There are reports which allege that these pumps have been stealing 50 ml of fuel per every litre. This basically means that for every litre the customer pays for, he gets 950 ml of petrol," he added.
The Uttar Pradesh Special Task Force (STF) earlier this day registered FIRs against seven petrol pumps and arrested 23 people for using cheating chips. As many as 15 electronic chips and 29 remote controls have been recovered from the seven petrol pumps.
The special task force of Uttar Pradesh Police yesterday raided at over a dozen petrol pumps to check the petrol theft in the state capital. The STF sleuth found that a chip board like device worth Rs. 3,000 was placed inside the petrol dispensing machine, which did the job.
At the informer's tip-off, the sleuths came to know about one electrician Ravinder, who had developed that chip which helped the petrol pumps to sell less amount of petrol for the same amount of money. According to reports, Ravindra had sold this chip to over 1,000 petrol pump owners across Uttar Pradesh.
On raiding at least eight pumps in the city, three at Sitapur Road and one each in Cantonment, Chinhat at Kamta crossing, Samta Mulak crossing in Gomtinagar and KGMU all of them were found to be using the said chip.
After proper investigation, the STF team arrested Ravindra, several petrol pump workers and owners. One of the customers told ANI, "We are very satisfied and happy. The government should continue this good work. I suggest strict action should be taken against the wrong doers."
Another customer suggested that the raids should be conducted in every petrol pump.
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