NSCN (IM) busts adulterated fuel racket
Dimapur, February 24 (MExN): The NSCN (Isak-Muivah) today said to have nabbed one person and alleged to be connected with a fuel and oil adulteration racket and supplying spurious oil to Nagaland and Manipur. A note from the group’s “ministry of health” received here today named several persons who allegedly supply and sell adulterated oil. According to the NSCN (IM) note, one Noel of Goropati was apprehended February 12. The said Noel runs an agency and supplies automobile fuel to “Goropati, 3 ½ mile, Dimapur and Manipur state”. The note said that the person has ‘revealed the lucrative business of oil adulteration’ and that the violation is “practiced” by almost all fuel supplying agencies in Nagaland and Manipur.
The note furnished a number of persons allegedly involved in the racket, as said to have been revealed by the said person. They are Srikant of Gurapati who allegedly supplies fuel to petrol pumps NRL, 2 ½ mile in Dimapur, ESSAR at 7 ½ mile in Chumukedima and Sekose BOC in Kohima; One Lal Mohan supplying fuel to National Service Center, IOC limited, in 6 ½ mile in Dimapur; one Dinanath and Pandit who supply fuel to Nagame Service Station at 8 ½ mile in Dimapur; a Nirmal Jain who supply fuel to Burma Camp petrol Pump and one Santu Jain who supply fuel to Gorapati BOC “and many more.”
According to the note, the group raided the said fuel stations and “found so many incriminating materials and evidences such as extra cubicles, tanks and motor pumps which they use in the process of adulteration.” The findings suggest that the stations are working in connivance with their respective agencies, the NSCN (IM) said. “Furthermore, whereas the standard temperature and density of petrol should be 40C-42C and 35C-38C respectively, the temperature and density of petrol in the afore stated fuel station were found to be 30C-32C and 28C-30C respectively,” the NSCN (IM) note stated.
The findings are just the tip of the iceberg, the note explained, and needs more intensive probing. It is the responsibility of every citizen, consumer, organization and consumer societies to act and take stringent measure to deter “such kind of corrupt and undue practices.” The agencies and fuel stations are minting crores of rupees while consumers and the public are being looted and exploited economically “socially and physically”.
Such low-quality fuel “not only gives less “mileage/liter (8.5),” the note said, but “also severely damage the engine condition of the vehicle besides creating numerous health and environmental hazards.”
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