Two held for stealing cooking gas from sealed cylinders in Pune
The two were arrested by Unit 3 officials after they were caught transferring the gas from three unused cylinders into an empty cylinder. They were carrying the cylinders to the customers of Sri Ram Gas Agency in Kundan Paradise, Bhau Patil road in Bopodi area.pune Updated: Jan 20, 2018 23:30 IST
Two men were arrested by the city police for stealing cooking gas from sealed cylinders in order to sell it in the black market on Friday. The two men were identified as Sunil Bhawarlal Nain, 23, and Dinesh Chennaram Jaani, 19, both residents of Jodhpur, Rajasthan, according to the police. The two resided in the area near Pooja Hospital in Pimpri Gurav in Sanghvi, Pune.
They were booked under Sections 420, 379 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), Sections 3, 7 of Essential Commodities Act, 1955, and Section 4, 6 of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (Regulation of Supply and Distribution), order 2000 at the Khadki police station. Constable Shivanand Swamy of Unit 3 of Pune police crime branch lodged a complaint against the two.
The two were arrested by Unit 3 officials after they were caught transferring the gas from three unused cylinders into an empty cylinder. They were carrying the cylinders to the customers of Sri Ram Gas Agency in Kundan Paradise, Bhau Patil road in Bopodi area when they stopped near the Khadki cantonment toll plaza to transfer gas in an empty cylinder.
The police are further investigating the use of a stainless steel pipe used by them to transfer the gas without spilling.
The police recovered gas cylinders with cooking gas worth ₹3,29,300, a Piaggio tempo, cash and documents from the two. They were handed over to the Khadki police for further investigation. Police sub-inspector (PSI) Shivaji Bhosale of Khadki police station will be investigating the matter. The police claim that the two were caught for similar theft in the past as well. They were produced in a local court and sent to police custody on Saturday.