A week after 10 petrol bunks on the city outskirts were caught for short delivery of fuel, a loot estimated in crores of rupees, police have made no fresh arrests in the case.
The Special Operations Team of the Cyberabad police had busted a gang of five members who had installed chips in dispensing machines at 10 fuel stations around the city, a week ago. The chips would ensure that fuel delivered was lesser than what showed on the display interface. Further investigation of the case was handed over to the Kukatpally police.
The confession of the five persons arrested by the SOT provided prima facie evidence that either the managements or the employees of the 10 petrol bunks colluded with the gang. Interestingly, despite the admission of the accused that they had planted the chips in the fuel machines with the knowledge of the petrol bunk owners, there have been no arrests so far.
“The gang had to open the fuel dispensing machine to affix the chip. The process would take at least 30 minutes. It cannot be done without the consent of the filling station owner,” an investigator pointed out.
Cyberabad police said the petrol bunk owners would pay the gang Rs.30,000 to Rs.40,000 to install chips in the machines, clearing indicating that the owners had colluded with the gang.
Kukatpally police have registered a criminal case under IPC Sections 120-B (criminal conspiracy) and 420 (cheating) following the raids.
Sources said investigators are verifying details of ownership and employees of each petrol bunk to identify persons who had connived with the gang. The accused had also reportedly informed the police of having contacted owners of several other petrol bunks in and around the city.
Investigators believe the gang’s arrest could have alerted other errant filing stations in removing the chips.
“Our challenge is to at least catch those involved in these 10 bunks,” police say.