10,500l of petroleum stolen every day

- Madhav Dhungana, Bhairahawa

May 18, 2014-

On an average, 10,500 litres of petroleum products are stolen every day on the route from Baitalpur of India to NOC’s Bhalwari Depot in Bhairahawa, a police investigation has shown.

The theft is carried out in collusion between the officials of NOC (Nepal Oil Corporation) and tanker drivers and helpers, according to the probe. The stolen petrol is then adulterated with kerosene and sold in the market.  The police came to such a conclusion after a three-week investigation into the recent petroleum theft case, in which tanker drivers and helpers were caught red-handed while stealing petroleum products. The tankers were headed towards Bhalwari Depot, Bhairahawa, from Baitalpur, India. Currently, the petrol price is at Rs 133 per litre, while diesel costs Rs 104 per litre.  The fuel is stolen by punching in the plate on the base of the tanker which decreases the size of the tanker, according to SP Bikram Singh Thapa. However, to show the same quantity, a rod is then inserted from the same spot of the tanker. “There is a clear collusion between NOC staff and tanker drivers,” said Thapa, at a press meet on Sunday.

The police investigation also revealed the imported petroleum products are adulterated with kerosene on their way to NOC depots. SP Thapa said around 35 tankers supply petroleum products to NOCs Bhalwari depot. Six-wheel tankers have four chambers, while four-wheel variants have five chambers. On an average, around 300 litre petroleum is stolen from a tanker.

Published: 19-05-2014 09:22

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