Addnl SP warns action against pumps buying stolen petrol

Addressing a press meet here on Wednesday, he said Belthangady police unearthed petroleum pilferage inside Ballal estate near Marigudi at Parenki in Belthangady taluk by arresting two persons. The arrested are Cyril D’Mellow (23), a native of Mangalore and Rajesh Sequeira (23), a native of Shimoga. The arrested were produced before the court and have been taken to police custody for further investigations. However, the main accused Srikanth Poojary, Sunil Shetty and Harish have fled the spot. Police are also looking for them. In fact, Srikanth Poojary and Sunil Shetty were involved in similar petrol theft cases in the past in Belthangady and Bantwal police station limits and had come out of the jail seeking bail. Now we are trying to cancel the bail of the duo.”

He said the accused had drilled the pipeline which transports petroleum products by Petronet MHB Ltd from Mangalore to Bangalore. The pipeline was drilled in an sophisticated manner so that there was no leakage in the vicinity.  When the police raided the spot, the accused were filling the petrol to the tankers. They had already filled one tanker and had fled.

Ramesh said the main accused Sunil Shetty had recently received contract from IOC to transport petroleum products. However, now we have already informed IOC officials, who in turn have assured to cancel the contract. Police have seized car, tanker, 60 metre long PVC green colour pipes and other materials used for theft. The value of the seized property is Rs 15 lakh. A case has been registered under Petroleum and Minerals Pipeline Act and Essential Commodities Act. The police sleuths who detected the theft case were honoured with a cash prize of Rs 5,000 on the occasion.

The operation was carried out by Belthangady police Sub Inspector B G Subbapoora Mutt, Gopal, Bhaskar, Uday Rai, Sundar Shetty, Venkatesh, Vrishabha, Shashidhar and Kanakaraj under the direction of in-charge SP Ramesh.

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