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Tuesday, April 23 2024

CCB sleuths arrest four for stealing diesel

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Bengaluru: The Central Crime Branch (CCB) sleuths on Thursday raided a parking lot behind Gayathri Timber Yard at Medahalli on Old Madras Road and caught four men, including three drivers, for allegedly stealing diesel from tankers supplying fuel to petrol stations and other agencies.

The police have identified the arrested persons as Venkatanadaiah, 30, residing at Devanagundi in Hosakote taluk, Gururaj, 37, from Kalamaranahalli in Channarayapatna taluk, Mallesh, 35, hailing from Koravangala village in Hassan taluk, and Govindaraju, 41, residing at Bhavarani Nagar, BSK 2nd Stage, Bengaluru.

The police said the accused would steal 10 litres of diesel from each tanker and store it in the yard.

As per the procedure, the tankers would get loaded at Devanagundhi OMC’s terminal, but instead of driving directly to their destination, the drivers would stop at the parking lot, pump out exactly 10 litres of diesel from each tanker using duplicate keys to access the fuel and later sell it Rs 48 a litre.

Officials said no more than 10 litres was being stolen from each tanker as that could be considered as evaporated during the course of transportation. The police seized three trucks and 60,000 litres of fuel from the parking lot. “Though transport companies have foolproof security measures such as GPS and VMS (vendor management system) the accused were able to bypass them,” said a senior police officer. The police are questioning the accused to ascertain if it was a large-scale operation.

The police said Manjunath of Makanahalli of Hosakote taluk is absconding.

A case has been registered at KR Puram police station against the accused under Sections 285, 379, 420 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

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