The Pune district administration has formed four teams that will carry out raids to seize pilfered petroleum products and arrest offenders from Saturday. Authorities seized about 400 liters of kerosene in a raid carried out at a sweetmeat shop on MG Road, in the city, on Friday.
The district administration’s crackdown on pilferage of petroleum products comes in the wake of the macabre killing of additional district collector of Malegaon, Yashwant Sonawane, by elements involved in stealing of such products from tankers. The bureaucrat was set ablaze and he died on the spot.
The additional district collector of Pune, RK Gaikwad, held a meeting with deputy collectors and police officials on Friday.
Sources in the district administration said they would also inspect petrol pumps to check adulteration.
Meanwhile, a delegation of the Petrol Dealers Association, Pune, is likely to meet Gaikwad on Saturday to discuss pilferage of fuel at the Loni terminal, about 20 km from the city.
The association is sore with the administration for its failure to take effective steps to prevent goons from stealing fuel once the filled tankers leave the terminal.
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