Miscreants damaged the Guwahati-Barauni oil pipeline of Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) by cutting it open near Barsoni under Dagarua police station of the district. Thousands of litres of crude oil have spilt in area. While theft of crude oil seems to be the most likely intention of the miscreants, the police are not ruling out the hand of anti-national forces from neighbouring Assam in the pipeline sabotage.
An 8-member team led by Superintending Engineer Gautam Thakur of Pipeline Maintenance Department, Sonapur, West Bengal, has been at the site for the last several hours to repair the damaged part of the pipe.
DSP of Baisi said that the police were investigating the sabotage from all possible angles. Though the DSP refused to identify the miscreants, he could not ruled out the involvement of anti-national forces in the incident.
This was the third time in recent months that subversive elements had caused damage to the Assam-Barauni pipeline and pilfered thousands of litres of crude oil. A few months back, police had arrested a hotel owner near Naugachhia and his associate and, on the basis of the information provided by them, recoverd thousands of litres of stolen oil. In another incident, the pipeline was cut open near Barauni, causing loss of crude oil.