Cops bust racket that stole fuel from BPCL tankers, 5 held

Pune police have seized a racket that stole petrol and diesel from Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) tankers in Loni Kalpur district.

So far, the police have arrested five people in the case and taken into custody five others, including BPCL officials who are suspected of involvement in the racket.

Police also confiscated a BPCL tanker worth Rs 80,000 in addition to mobile phones, some cash, three cans of diesel, three motorbikes and other things from the arrested suspect. Further investigation is underway.

According to a press release issued on Wednesday, upon a tip-off, officers from Pune City Police Crime Branch, Provincial Supply Officer and in charge of BPCL Warehouse, raided a place in Whati Village in Loni Kalbhor District on Monday. Officers arrested five people at the site while they were stealing fuel from a BPCL tanker.

Investigators identified the arrested suspects as Balaji Madhukar Bagpalkar (41), Dattaraya Jagendra Bagpalkar (41) from Hadapsar, Uttam Vijay Gaekwad (31) from Tarad village in Haveli, Ajinkiya Shersath (26) and Sahil Dilip Top (22) from Loni Kalbhore. .

Police said Balaji and Dattaraya Bagpalkar allegedly operated the racket. Tupe is the “tanker transport manager” who allegedly brought BPCL tankers to the scene of the theft with the help of tanker driver Shersath. Investigators added that Gaikwad played a role in removing fuel from the BPCL tankers.

Police launched a search operation for tanker owners Rahul Kanjir and Roshan Kanjir of Loni Kalbhor and Maruti Kunjir, owner of land in Walti village where BPCL tanker was illegally stationed to steal fuel. Police have also detained the Pune District Supervisor of the VTS Vendor Lock System and two unidentified BPCL officials allegedly involved in the racket.

Police said BPCL tankers took them on illegal routes where petrol and diesel were stolen before being sold on the black market.

The FIR is registered at the Lonely Kalbor Police Station under IPC Sections 379, 407, 285, 120(b) and 34 and Sections of the Commodity Act.

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