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.
UP petrol pump scam worth Rs. 200 crore
Chip in dispensing machines reduces fuel amount by 5-10%
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.
23 arrested in seven-year-old scam
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.
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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.
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UP petrol pump scam- Supplier of cheat-chips arrested
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.