Refilling unit raided in Mysore, 89 cylinders seized

The Department of Food and Civil Supplies busted an illegal LPG refilling racket by raiding a refilling unit on Chamaraja Double Road here on Friday and seizing 89 cylinders.

Ramachandra, who was allegedly running the illegal refilling unit, is said to be absconding.

The seized cylinders, including domestic and commercial LPG cylinders, have been kept at the Lakshmipuram police station.

‘Illegal refilling’

Deputy Director of Food and Civil Supplies K. Rameshwarappa, who raided the unit, told The Hindu on Saturday that the unit was allegedly engaged in illegal refilling of cylinders.

Fourteen domestic 14 kg LPG cylinders; two 19 kg commercial LPG cylinders; seventeen 5.5 kg LPG cylinders and 63 cylinders of 2 to 3 kg capacity were seized during the raid, he said.

Mr. Rameshwarappa said the domestic cylinders were being used to refill smaller cylinders, used in autorickshaws and for other purposes.

The Deputy Director said the accused was allegedly collecting domestic cylinders from various sources for refilling.

“Based on the serial numbers on the domestic cylinders, we can find the owners. The investigation is in progress,” he said.

Meanwhile, the department held a meeting with representatives of PSU oil companies and LPG dealers here on Friday. The meeting was chaired by Mr. Rameshwarappa. Mr. Rameshwarappa told the meeting to inform the department in case of any wrongdoing pertaining to domestic LPG cylinders.

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