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CBI team catches BRO official red-handed while selling diesel from Army stocks

CBI has caught an officer of the Boarder Road Organization (BRO)- a wing of Indian Army- for “illegal” selling diesel from Army stocks in Lahaul and Spiti district around 350 kilometers from the state capital.

india Updated: Aug 22, 2010 02:10 IST
Ravinder Vasudeva

Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Saturday has caught an officer of the Boarder Road Organization (BRO)- a wing of Indian Army- for “illegal” selling diesel from Army stocks in Lahaul and Spiti district around 350 kilometers from the state capital.

“A CBI team of officials comprising decoy customers has caught red-handed Captain Vikalp Purohit of the General Reserve Engineering Force, a wing of the BRO, while he was illegally selling diesel under his stock in Koksar in Lahaul and Spiti,” disclosed, Superintendent of Police (CBI) R. Upasak while talking to Hindustan Times.

The CBI official informed that during the operation, two decoy customers projected themselves as contractors of the public works department and entered negotiations with the accused regarding the bulk purchase of the fuel.

They also bargained the price and caught the BRO captain while he agreed to sell the stock, he informed.

Sources said that the CBI team was on hunt for this official of the army for the past few days after getting information regarding involvement of the officer in “illegal” business of selling diesel.

The team had also visited Manali in Kullu district and district headquarters of Lahaul and Spiti in Keylong regarding this operation.

The SP said that after catching the official red-handed, the CBI has informed officials of BRO in Manali and Shimla about the whole episode.

“We have not registered any case against the official involved till now but have summoned him to the CBI office in Shimla for further investigation,” he said.

In Himachal, the BRO’s Project Deepak is working on different projects especially in tribal areas of Lahaul and Spiti and maintains 222-km stretch between Manali and Sarchu, the last point in Himachal. The stretch is part of the 475-km Manali-Leh National Highway-21 that passes through the Rohtang Pass and Koksar.

Commander of BRO at Manali, S.K. Doon, when asked, said that he was not aware about any such development. “Presently I am in remote areas of Kinnaur. I have not received any information regarding this,” he said.

Even after repeated attempts on landline and mobile phone, Chief Engineer of Project Deepak at Shimla, I. R. Mathur was not available for comments. He was reported to be out of station.