Copper wire and plates worth Rs 87 lakh were stolen from the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation’s unmanned oil rigs in Arabian Sea. This is the seventh such incident in the past two years.
The Yellow Gate police registered the case on November 14 after a team of ONGC officials approached them to inform about the theft. The police stated security at the installation is the responsibility of the Coast Guards and the Indian Navy.
“The theft of Rs 87 lakh worth of copper wires and plates came to the fore in early November when the ONGC officials went to inspect the rigs. In their complaint, they claimed that the theft of the 2-inch thick wires might have taken place in October. The ONGC should take requisite steps to avoid such incidents, before it takes a ugly turn,” added a Port Zone police officer.
With this incident, the police said that copper wire and copper plate totally worth Rs 1.46 crore has been stolen. Panduranga Dhoke, senior inspector of Yellow Gate police station said, “We have taken photographs of the sample of the stolen wire and have even questioned the authorised scrap dealers who buy the ONGC scrap to ascertain if they have role in the incident. We however did not find anything when we raided the godowns.”