The 'exorbitant' fee demanded by a Dehradun-based laboratory to test samples of the kerosene oil recovered from a sweets shop here about three months ago has virtually stumped the Bathinda district police.
Already facing financial crunch to meet its day-to-day expenses, the district police have decided not pay this fee and rather to go ahead in this case without the laboratory reports.
The sources have revealed that an amount worth Rs 1.30 lakh was demanded by the laboratory of the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) to test six samples of kerosene sent by the police in January.
The samples were from six containers of kerosene which were recovered by the police after an input from the department of food and civil supplies.
Senior superintendent of police (SSP), Bathinda, Inder Mohan Singh Bhatti, said that the fee demanded by the company for conducting tests was even more than the cost of the recovered kerosene, so it is illogical to pay such a hefty amount for this.
He, however, said that the non-conducting of these tests wouldn't weaken the case against the accused as the department of food and civil supplies has termed the recovered material as kerosene oil only and we can rely on that report in the court and said that the challan would be filed in this case very soon.
Importantly, the district police are already facing a financial criss and are finding it tough to pay even for fuel from different fuel stations. As per sources, an amount over rs 1.50 crore is yet to be paid by the district police on account of fuel (diesel and petrol) taken from different fuel stations and spent on the repair and maintenance of vehicles.
Jagmohan Singh, owner of the shop, was arrested by the police on January 6 with 1,200 litres of illicit kerosene oil. A case under the essential commodities Act was registered against the accused and he is out on bail these days.