UP connection?: Thane police conduct surprise checks at petrol pumps in the district

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Nashik : In the light of alleged irregularities at the fuel stations in Uttar Pradesh in which a few petrol pump operators were found using electronic chips in order to dispense less than what customers pay for, the crime branch of Thane police have unearthed link between the violators in UP and Maharashtra and thus conducted an inspection of as many as six petrol pumps in Nashik district in two days as part of its state-wide inspection drive.

The move, in which two persons were reportedly arrested, was aimed at checking any foul play in dispensing fuel at the pumps in city, as alleged irregularities in dispensing fuel were reported in the state of UP earlier this month.

Interestingly, the supply department was unaware of the surprise checks carried out by the Thane crime branch.

It was learnt that chip-based devices were being installed and operated by remote control at fuel stations, as a result of which consumers were delivered much less fuel than the amount they paid at the fuel stations by artificially increasing ‘petrol delivery pulse’.

It was also learnt that the said chips were being manufactured in Ulhasnagar in Maharashtra and sold out from Pune. The police have seized hundreds of electronic chips from the arrests made, reports say.

The police action in Nashik is the result of confession given by the alleged violators who were arrested by the Thane crime branch police during its surprise checks across the state.

The inspection and surprise checks will continue for sometime at the petrol pumps across the district, the reports further added.

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