SOG arrests two more in Barmer crude scam
Of the two arrested, Bhoor Singh Rajpurohit, was one of the main conspirators of this case.Updated: Oct 01, 2017 19:55 IST
The Special Operations Group (SOG) of the Rajasthan police has arrested two more persons in connection with the Barmer crude oil theft case. In the last few years, around five crore litres of oil had been stolen from Cairn India’s oilfield in the border district.
Of the two arrested, Bhoor Singh Rajpurohit was picked up on Saturday. Bhoor, along with his nephew, Gautam Singh Rajpurohit (arrested earlier) was one of the main conspirators of this highly-organised and prolonged theft, said SOG superintendent of police Sanjay Shrotriya.
The other person arrested was a tanker owner and driver, Ganesharam, who worked with Narenda Road Liners. He was arrested on Thursday and worked with Narenda Road Liners. The police have so far arrested 36 people, including the two, in connection with the case.
Bhoor and Gautam had opened dummy factories on the route between the oil fields and the Mangla Processing Terminal. The tankers would stop at the factories and crude oil would be emptied into underground tanks situated in these factories. The police investigation has revealed tanker drivers, owners, helpers, and several other staff members were involved in the scam.
Gautam Singh had established a tyre oil plant, Fly Infratech, to give a legal facade to the factory, while Bhoor Singh had obtained a licence for furnace oil and LDO under the name Bhanwariya and Brothers.
The theft had been going on since 2013-2014 and the parties to whom the crude oil was sold to were given receipts for the purchase of tyre oil. In addition, small quantities of tyre oil would be mixed in the crude oil, so that crude oil could not be identified.
The SP added that the duo bribed people involved in the process. Every day, about 15,000-20,000 litres of crude oil would be siphoned off , he added.
The key accused made anything between ₹50,000 and 60,000 from which they would pay others depending upon their role.
Bhoor was presented in court which sent him to police custody while Ganesharam has been sent to judicial custody. The investigation in the case is still on.
First Published: Oct 01, 2017 19:54 IST