Nagaland: Fuel adulteration network busted!

Nagaland: Fuel adulteration network busted!

KOHIMA: Food to fuel adulteration, criminal networks are eating into the core of the social system every single day for their personal gain or for their power hungry masters. Fuel adulteration which is supplied to consumers is a thriving business carried out in many cities across India, this has led to rising air pollution aggravating other conditions.

A shocking discovery of illegal networks of petrol  adulteration units across several places in Dimapur and Chumukedima was unearth by District administration officials and ACAUT Nagaland volunteers.

Several thousand litres of kerosene(PDS item), are being used everyday to create a substance that looks like petrol by adding a chemical substance (Zero Sulfate) that turns golden yellow like petrol. This is then mixed with petrol in large tanks or oil tankers and transported for sale to various petrol pumps across the state.

Petrol and diesel are often adulterated with fuel like kerosene because it is is substantially cheaper than diesel and petrol due to high subsidies granted by the government.

Acting on a tip-off, members of ACAUT Nagaland, Dimapur along with officials of the Dimapur district administration went to inspect an adulteration unit, housed in several sheds at Ghorapatti along Golghat Road. The sheds were under the name of Umesh, Srikant, Lal Mohan, Navel, Dhina Nath and Ajay. However, none of them were present during the raid except some workers.

Going on the offensive, the team of ACAUT volunteers raided other possible locations towards 5th Mile and Chumukedima. It was discovered from the inspection that nine steel storage tanks of 2000 litre capacity besides another four steel storage compartments of 30,000 litres capacity all filled with kerosene including two motor pumps and an oil tanker.

The storage godown was operated by one Ajay Prasand and Romeo. Three persons taking care of the premises were also caught including a minor. Later, the team went to a petrol pump in Chumuekdima where the manager and three staff were caught involved in the racket. The manager confessed that they were  involved in mixing chemicals to kerosene to make it look like petrol and then add it with petrol and transported to pumps in Dimapur, Kohima, Wokha, Kiphire and Phek.

While speaking to mediapersons, leaders of of ACAUT demanded that all those found in various units and the kingpins should be arrested and the land used for such adulteration be confiscated by the law enforcing agencies. They also expressed concern that officials of Food and Civil Supplies Department and other senior government officials could be involved in the racket and issued an ultimatum on the district administration and law enforcing agencies to bust the entire racket and book all culprits under the provision of law within a period of one week time.

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