A theft of Rs. 40.9 lakh was recently reported at the off-shore Mukta oil platform at Bombay High in the Arabian Sea.
Mangesh Shahare, an employee of British Gas India, registered a complaint with the police on Tuesday, which stated that, between February 13 and 18, unknown persons made away with 4,000 litres of diesel, an electrical charger, a solar charger controller card, an emergency battery charger, and cables.
The police said several rigs and platforms at Bombay High — situated around 90 nautical miles off Mumbai shores — are unmanned, which makes it an easy spot for thefts. Officials have registered a case and suspect an insider is involved in the incident.
Police said there have been similar incidents and they have been in constant touch with the authorities to get security at the platforms beefed up. However, nothing much has changed.
Officials said thieves use fishermen’s boats to transport stolen material off the site. However, they are still clueless as to how they manage to escape from the three-tier security of the Navy, coast guards and local police.
“Thefts at Bombay High are routine and a case has been registered with us, as the sea side of the east coast falls under our jurisdiction,” said HG Shinde, ACP (Yellow Gate).