Guwahati: Digboi Police busted a gang involved in the theft of crude oil from tankers from the Oil India Limited (OIL) refinery. The police also apprehended nine people in connection to the incident.
An oil tanker bearing registration number HR 61 D 9677 was seized during the operation.
Speaking to the media, Tinsukia Superintendent of Digboi Police, Debojit Deori said, “We have apprehended nine people in connection to the crude oil stealing. In general, thieves generally steals crude oil from underground pipelines, however, this gang stole crude oils directly from oil collecting centres at Lankachi. Prima facie, It came to light that a big nexus including local people and oil security personnel are involved in stealing crude oil from oil collecting centres.”
Tinsukia SP also mentioned that the gang was allegedly involved in the transportation of crude oil tankers from OIL to the oil collecting centres.
“The remaining crude oil in the tankers are being stolen by the gang. During this operation, an oil tank truck with 30,000-kilo litre capacity was seized. The nine-member gang are the security personnel at the oil collection centres. Further details will be furnished after police interrogation,” added the Tinsukia SP.
The operation was led by Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) Ripunjay Kakati, informed SP Debojit Deori.