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Pump owners' protest triggers crisis in J'khand

Vehicle owners in Jharkhand faced a fuel crisis as petrol pump owners protested against the sealing of a few pumps.

india Updated: Jan 03, 2007 15:13 IST

Vehicle owners in Jharkhand faced a fuel crisis on Wednesday as petrol pump owners refrained from stocking up their outlets, protesting against the sealing of a few pumps.

Nine petrol pumps were sealed in Dhanbad district last week for alleged adulteration. Dealers have demanded free marker testing machines from oil firms to test the quality of petrol and diesel.

"We are not aware about the system of testing or who has been authorised to test it," said Ashok Singh, president of Jharkhand Petroleum Dealers Association (JPDA). "The dealers are being made the scapegoat."

The nine petrol pumps were sealed after tests found that kerosene oil was mixed with the fuel. When five of the nine samples were tested again in Bokaro district, no adulteration was found, dealers said.

The move by the petrol pump owners has badly affected residents.

"I could not fill my car and now I cannot move anywhere in my vehicle," said Rudra Kumar, a manager in a private company here.

Sharat Dudani, general secretary of JPDA, said, "We should be provided Britain-made marker testing machines. The test should be conducted when the fuel is unloaded from the tankers. If any dealer is found selling adulterated oil from pumps, then they should be charged."

First Published: Jan 03, 2007 15:13 IST