The oil was stored in barrels and in underground tanks
Special teams of police headed by Superintendent of Police S.R. Senthil Kumar and three Inspectors (Kaveripattinam, Hosur Town, and Pochampalli) busted three illegal units that were indulged in manufacturing adulterated furnace oil in and around Krishnagiri, Hosur, and Bagalur on Thursday night.
Mr. Senthil Kumar told The Hindu that the accused used to steal furnace oil from oil tankers and mix it with washing soda and tar and sold in the market in the name of furnace oil in the market for a hefty price.
The accused were involving in the illegal business for the last six months in collusion with tanker lorry drivers and agents operating in different parts of the district.
Nearly 25,000 litres of adulterated furnace oil filled in barrels and stored in underground tankers were seized by the special team.
Three vehicles including a car, a jeep, and a mini lorry were seized from the accused. The arrested were: B. Baba (20) of Athimugam, near Shoolagiri; A. Stalin (24); A. Suresh (27); S. Pandu (24); V. Devasagayam (36); E. Suresh (19); all from Tiruchendur in Tuticorin district and P. Anbu (35) and M. Sanmurthy (63) in Anginayanapalli in Kundialnatham village in Krishangiri district.
Bargur police have registered a case under section 5 (3) of Furnace Oil Fixation of Selling Price and Distribution Order, 1974 read with sections 285 (negligent conduct with respect to fire), 379 (theft) and 420 (cheating) of Indian Penal Code and Section 7 (i) (a) of Essential Commodities Act, 1955.
Those arrested were produced before the Judicial Magistrate I, M. Vijaykumar. They have been remanded in judicial custody.