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12 arrested for siphoning off diesel meant for oil depot in Bathinda

The district police have arrested 12 members of a gang including a Punjab police constable involved in siphoning of Diesel, on Thursday.

punjab Updated: Aug 12, 2016 16:14 IST
HT Correspondent
Police with the arrested gang members in Bathinda on Thursday.
Police with the arrested gang members in Bathinda on Thursday.(Sanjeev Kumar/HT Photo)

The district police have arrested 12 members of a gang including a Punjab police constable involved in siphoning of Diesel, on Thursday.

The diesel was meant to be supplied to oil depot in Phoos Mandi on Bathinda-Mansa road.

The accused have been identified as Balwinder Singh of Sardulgarh, Mansa now living in Katar Singh Wala, Shaminder Singh, Gurjit Singh, Manjit Singh all three residents of Phoos Mandi, Gurpreet Singh, Avtar Singh of Kotbhai, Jassa Singh of Amarpura Basti, Jagdev Singh from Katar Singh Wala, Constable Surinder Singh posted at railway police post Katar Singh Wala, Roshan Singh, Jaswinder Singh and Harbhajan Singh posted as security guards in the depot.

The police have recovered 350 litre of diesel stored in 10 canes of 35 litre each. Nearly 88 empty canes were used in siphoning of petrol and diesel including pipes, five motorcycles and a car from the depot complex. “Jagdev Singh, the leader of gang, had purchased land near the depot and constructed a boundary around the land.

He runs a shop there,” said Des Raj, Superintendent of Police (City).

“The accused with the help of constable and security guards of oil depot used to siphon Diesel during unloading of material from train, oil tankers and pipeline. They sold it at a price less than market rate,” Raj said.

“The accused removed pipes used for unloading of diesel and replaced with their pipes in train or oil tankers. They also stole diesel directly from pipeline,” he said.