Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: The Central Bureau of Investigation has smashed a racket involved in adulteration of petroleum products being run in different parts of the Capital allegedly in connivance with certain government officials. Four cases have been registered against three individuals and unknown persons.

The agency received a tip-off that petroleum products were being stored illegally for the purpose of adulteration of various products.

Following an initial verification, the CBI conducted a joint surprise check along with the representatives of petroleum companies on Wednesday. The searches were conducted at Geeta Colony, Tikri Kalan village in Nangloi and Viswakarma Colony on Mehrauli-Badarpur Road.

At Geeta Colony, the team detected four underground tanks containing light diesel oil, kerosene, high speed diesel and black oil. Also, there were drums and barrels containing diesel, black oil and kerosene oil.

One tank containing 1,500 litres of kerosene treated with bleaching powder, a plastic can filled with hydrogen peroxide, two bags of bleaching powder and another can containing an unknown chemical were also found.

The alleged unit owner, Praveen Kumar, was booked in that case.

During the search at Viswakarma Colony, the agency found about 6,000 litres of kerosene oil, a hydrometer, three pumps, an empty tanker and other articles. The alleged unit owner, Babu Lal Gupta, was booked. The CBI also searched two units at Tikri Kalan where they purportedly found six underground tanks containing high-density black oil, about 20,000 litres of light diesel oil, 50 barrels containing black oil, 10 litres of adulterated diesel, two barrels containing 100 litres of adulterated oil, five suction pumps.