PAMPORE: Police arrested two truck drivers on Friday after they were caught red-handed stealing liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) from cylinders at the parking lot of the Hindustan Petroleum (HP) plant in Pampore. Two other truck drivers who were doing the same escaped the clutches of the police.
The police had received information that cylinders being supplied from the Pampore plant were below the specified weight.
Police identified the arrested drivers as Abdul Ahad Ganaie, son of Ghulam Rasool, resident of Wadpora Handwara, and Ishtaq Ahmad Bhat, son of Ali Mohammad, resident of Gulab Bagh Tral.
Station House Officer (SHO) Pampore Madasir Naseer told Kashmir Reader that two drivers were still at bay and a search to nab them was on.
The SHO said that police had received credible information that some truck drivers of the Hindustan Petroleum plant at Pampore were involved in stealing gas from cylinders and were delivering under-weight cylinders to customers. He did not mention how the drivers managed to seal the cylinders again.
Sources told Kashmir Reader that there was a nexus between the HP plant’s administrators and the truck drivers.
Customers with an LPG domestic connection lauded the role of police in Pampore, especially the SHO, in cracking down on the fraud.
“We sometimes were left shocked when the gas in the cylinders finished way too early,” said a local customer in Pampore.
The SHO Pampore Mudasir said that when police reached the parking lot, which is in front of the gate of the HP Gas Plant, they found that four drivers were busy stealing gas from cylinders.
“We nabbed two of them while two managed to escape from the spot. Eventually, four trucks loaded with filled cylinders were seized on the spot,” he said, adding that after weighing one lot of cylinders, it was found that 58 cylinders were under-weight.
SP Awantipora Mohammad Zahid told Kashmir Reader that he had received information regarding the stealing and had accordingly directed SHO Mudasir Naseer and SDPO Awantipora, Pervez Ahmad, to act against the fraudsters.
He said that police had registered an FIR, No 70/2018, under Section 407, 120-B of RPC against the accused and further investigation was going on.