Police have busted an inter- state gang of diesel thieves at Kannad in Maharashtra’s Aurangabad district and arrested 14 of its members, an official has mentioned. 4 vans, round 40 containers full of diesel, money and different issues, collectively price over Rs 98 lakh, have been seized through the operation performed on February 17, the police official mentioned.
“The motion was taken primarily based on a grievance lodged in Chikalthana police station within the district on February 16, which mentioned that three,480 liters of diesel had been stolen from a petroleum pump in Chitegaon,” district Superintendent of Police (SP) Mokshada Patil instructed reporters on Friday.
The native crime department obtained info that a gang from Maharashtra’s Osmanabad district was concerned on this, she mentioned.
The police got here to know that these gang members would fill vans with sand from Tapi district of Gujarat and promote it in Osmanabad, she mentioned.
“These gang members used to make a halt at completely different petrol pumps at evening and steal diesel from underground tanks utilizing hand-pumps. After utilizing the stolen diesel for his or her private use, they used to promote the remaining gasoline to different truck drivers at a less expensive price,” Patil added.
Following a tip-off, the police arrange a check-point in Shivrai space of Kannad on NH-52.
Whereas checking the vans coming from Gujarat, police held three such autos that have been discovered carrying sand. Round 40 containers, every full of 35 to 40 liters of diesel, have been additionally present in these vans, the SP mentioned, including that 12 individuals travelling within the vans have been held.
“Throughout their interrogation, the accused admitted that they’d stolen the diesel from a pump at Chitegaon. The accused are residents of Osmanabad district,” she mentioned.
The truck drivers held in Kannad instructed the police that one other such car was standing at Zalta Phata in Auranagabad to purchase diesel from them, following which it was seized and two extra individuals have been arrested.
“Police have seized 4 vans, 1,540 liters of diesel, three hand pumps together with a 220-feet pipe, money of Rs 42,700 and eight cell handsets from these fourteen individuals. The seized materials is collectively price Rs 98.49 lakh,” one other official mentioned.
Related offences had been registered in Gujarat, Karnataka and different elements of Maharashtra, Patil mentioned, including, “The accused have admitted that they have been concerned in 36 offences of diesel theft.”
This gang had been stealing diesel for the reason that final 5 years, she added.