Special task force to check malpractices : Nagaland Post

In a move to check malpractices in supply of fuel, Manipur government Wednesday constituted a special task force. The move of the new government came up after the authority of the state consumer affairs, food and public distribution (CAF&PD) department detected unauthorized hoarding of petrol and diesel by retail outlets and adulterated petrol in the grey market.

An official source said that CAF&PD has constituted the special task force on May 17 and empowered it to inspect malpractices like short delivery of quantity, adulteration etc at petroleum retail outlets, particularly located in Imphal East and Imphal West districts. The latest move of the state CAF&PD came up days after police had busted a fuel adulterating racket.

On May 12 last, a police team caught an oil tanker while siphoning petrol at secret place inside a brick field in Imphal West district. Further raid to the brick field, the police detected fuel storage tanks of different shapes and sizes and several colouring agents allegedly used in adulterating petrol. Four plastic storage tanks containing 5000 litres, 2000 litres, 1800 litres and 1000 litres of fuel (petrol, kerosene and ‘Zero’) were also found. A steel tank containing 2000 litres of fuel was also found. Zero is a type of gasoline with lower density.

Further, 8 Kls of fuel were found inside an oil tanker truck of capacity 18 Kls. While appreciating the work of the police, state CAF&PD minister Karam Shyam assured that the government would take up stern action against such fraudulent practices. No political interference would be entertained in such matters and befitting action would be initiated against all those people involved in adulterating and hoarding fuels, he said.

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