Uttar Pradesh petrol pump scam: Customers get 10% less fuel

29 Apr 2017 | Written by Gogona Saikia; Edited by Gaurav Jeyaraman
UP petrol pump scam worth Rs. 200 crore

A major petrol pump racket has come to light in Uttar Pradesh; owners in Lucknow have been siphoning off over Rs. 200cr a month by duping unsuspecting customers.

For the purpose, petrol pump management has zeroed in on a "wonder chip" that reduces output by up to 10%.

A customer paying for one litre would hence get just 950mL of petrol.

In context: UP petrol pump scam worth Rs. 200 crore

29 Apr 2017Uttar Pradesh petrol pump scam: Customers get 10% less fuel

DeviceChip in dispensing machines reduces fuel amount by 5-10%

The chip-based device, that can be remote-controlled from within a 100m radius, is sold in Kanpur and Delhi for Rs. 30,000-40,000. An electrician charges Rs. 5,000-10,000 for installing it.

It is attached by a wire to the fuel dispensing machines, and a limit is set through the remote.

The device even comes with a diagram to explain the installation process.

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Acting on a tip-off, a Special Task Force team picked up Rajendra, an electrician, who confessed to installing the chips at hundreds of fuel stations across UP.

On his information, raids were carried out at seven petrol pumps, which were sealed. The STF arrested 23 people including Rajendra.

Initial probe suggests the devices are installed at 80% of pumps. More raids will be conducted.

Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan assures strict action

Rajendra said he and his gang had been active in the chip installation business since seven years, and had installed hundreds till now. He also claimed other similar gangs are in operation. Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has assured strict action.

09 May 2017UP petrol pump scam- Supplier of cheat-chips arrested

The UP Special Task Force has arrested Ajay Chaurasia, believed to be the man who supplied petrol pumps in the state with cheat-chips leading to the petrol pump scam.

The STF officers seized four chips, electronic circuits and a petrol dispensing unit from Chaurasia's possession.

An FIR has been registered against him at the Para police station and action will be taken.