The crime branch of the Delhi Police has arrested two men who were allegedly involved in siphoning off crude oil worth more than Rs 10 crore.
The two accused, identified as Shamsher Singh (42) and Mohammed Shamid (30), both residents of Mundka in west Delhi, had allegedly drilled a hole in the pipeline meant for Panipat Refinery.
"On November 17, we received information that a few men would be coming in an oil tanker at Sibbal Cinema Hall, Mathura Road in Badarpur. The two accused were then arrested. Two country-made pistols along with live cartridges were recovered from them," said Ashok Chand, deputy commissioner of police (crime branch).
This is not the first time the police have nabbed people for siphoning off oil directly from pipeline.
"Shamsher Singh disclosed that he along with his associate Shamid have in the last five years siphoned off crude oil from the pipeline carrying crude oil from Bombay High to Panipat Refinery. They used to hire abandoned factory godowns in remote areas near the pipeline," said Chand.
"They used to dig a tunnel from the factory to the pipeline. With the help of horizontal drilling device they made a hole in the pipeline and put a valve. Then, one end of a plastic pipe was attached to the valve and the other was attached to the oil tanker," Chand added, saying, "They would then sell off the crude oil collected in the tanker. Till date, according to them, they have siphoned off crude oil worth several crores of rupees."