26 LPG cylinders, 16 trucks seized in separate incidents

Cylinders belonged to Indane Gas; trucks not from DK district

The officials led by Mangalore Tahsildar and the police raided a house in Naguri in Kankanady on Friday and arrested a man who was selling and refilling LPG cylinders illegally.

Speaking to Deccan Herald, Tahsildar Shivappa Lamani said that 58 cylinders have been seized. This includes 26 cylinders weighing 14.5 kg and the remaining smaller size cylinders. The arrested is Taranath Shetty.

The officials have also seized three HP motors, two weighing scales, adopters, five pipes and empty cylinders. All the domestic cylinders belonged to Indane Gas. Based on a tip off that the person was engaged in illegal sale of LPG cylinders, the officials conducted the raid. There were several cylinders in his name.

He was engaged in filling gas from domestic cylinders to 5 kg auto kits illegally. The officials have seized 11 filled domestic cylinders and 15 empty domestic cylinders, 32 auto kits which includes 22 filled and 10 empty.

From one domestic cylinder, he was engaged in filling two small cylinders and was selling it for Rs 520 per cylinder. As small LPG cylinders are easily available in the market, he could collect it easily for sale, Tahsildar said.
The value of the total seized cylinders is Rs 50,000.

Sand trucks seized

In another raid conducted by the officials of Mines and Geology, Mangalore Tahsildar and the police, about 16 sand laden trucks were seized near Kannur on Friday.  Mines and Geology Deputy Director Harish said that out of 16 trucks, two had valid permits and both have been released it. Three vehicles had permit and GPS facility. However, they did not have permit for quarrying in Kannur. Hence, three vehicles were asked to pay a penalty of Rs 2,000 each.

As many as 11 trucks were not fitted with GPS facility. Out of the 11 trucks, eight trucks were registered in Bangalore, Mysore and Hassan districts. As it was a non DK registration and are without GPS network, it will be considered as illegal. All the 11 trucks will be asked to pay a penalty depending on the gravity of the crime ranging from Rs 5,000 to Rs 25,000.

Seized trucks have been taken to Mangalore rural police station.

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