In its ongoing crackdown on the oil mafia, on Sunday the Mumbai police conducted two more raids, including one in the high seas. The police seized 96,910 litres of black oil and 1,299 empty drums during the raids conducted in Kurla and off the Mumbai coast.
Early Sunday morning, the Yellow Gate police intercepted a boat, Gangotri, near Butcher Island (Jawahar Dweep).
At least 26 plastic barrels containing 910 litres of diesel were seized from it.
This was the seventh raid by the Mumbai police since a member of the oil mafia burned additional collector Yashwant Sonawane alive in Manmad on Tuesday.
“The boat was intercepted on suspicion when we were patrolling the sea. Most of the time, fishermen buy diesel from merchant vessels and sell it to other fishermen. Five persons have been arrested in the case. We are investigating whether the accused were transporting the diesel for sale,” said Chandrakant Naik, senior police inspector from the Yellow Gate police station.
The other raid was conducted by the Kurla police at Nasibullah Compound in the Kismat Nagar area of Kurla around 3am on Friday.
One Anil Vasant Patil, 26, was arrested for illegally storing oil and polluting the Mithi river by releasing inflammable effluents from the godown into it.
Police inspector M Tupare from Kurla police station, said, “At least 96,000 litres of black oil along with 1,299 empty drums worth Rs 20,22,800 were seized.”
An officer from Kurla police station, on condition of anonymity, added, “The accused had illegally stored black oil and petrol at their godown. They would adulterate it using chemicals and sell it as diesel.”