Oil racket busted

20 August 2010 08:56 am - 14     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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By Supun Dias


A major oil racket has been busted by the Special Task Force (STF) with the arrest of some 15 suspects. The STF also recovered over 13,000 liters of diesel and seized 25 bowsers used to transport the oil to various locations.

The STF busted the ring involved in distributing diesel mixed with waste oil also by adding chemicals.

In raids carried out in the Colombo district area the STF seized 137,000 liters of waste oil and 15,000 liters of diesel from hideouts located in Kohilawatta, Korathota, Kirimatiyagara and Kadawatha.

The activities of the major oil racket were uncovered by the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation and they informed Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa.

The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) has taken over the investigations from the STF. The raid was carried out by a special team led by SP Varuna Jayasundere under the Directions of STF commandant DIG K.M.L Sarathchandra, who was instructions by IGP Mahinda Balasuriya.

All together the STF carried out raids on eleven specific locations where the suspects used to mix the diesel with low quality oil. They had bought waste oil that is disposed by ships.

It has been also uncovered that the racket was operated by a family of influential businessman who were involved in distributing furnace oil and diesel after collecting them from the CPC under permits.

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  • sltk2004 Friday, 20 August 2010 09:29 AM

    Will there be a fuel shortage ?

    Roshan Friday, 20 August 2010 09:54 AM

    What happened to the Bowzers caught for having hidden fuel tank that was caught during Asantha De-mel. Whenever Charman or Ministry changes then only these kind of rackets come out.

    mnsmart Friday, 20 August 2010 09:56 AM

    Who is the Big shot behind it?

    roger Friday, 20 August 2010 09:58 AM

    whats a bowser?

    Great work by our STF!!

    Indika Friday, 20 August 2010 10:05 AM

    Grow up men, you are still in 2004 !!

    Roshan Friday, 20 August 2010 10:35 AM

    Bowser which carried petrol and Diesel.

    Roshan Friday, 20 August 2010 10:38 AM

    May be the owners of the Bowsers were supporting opposition during the election.

    Calistus Jayatilleke Friday, 20 August 2010 11:16 AM

    Running a parallel petroleum corporation !

    Ajith Friday, 20 August 2010 11:27 AM

    Oh....Minister of Racket Detection and Punishment...........

    dagobert Friday, 20 August 2010 02:59 PM

    Excellent work by the STF.
    Such work must receive praise. Lets focus on the detection.

    Practical Sunday, 22 August 2010 08:39 AM

    We will need plenty of trees in the Ministry garden.

    Wasantha Friday, 20 August 2010 09:07 AM

    Establish a seperate ministry to investigate racketeers and appoint Mervin as the Minister.

    Hiran Shanaka Friday, 20 August 2010 09:20 AM

    Mervin did so many bad things prior to the Dengu incident, but went scot-free, but he was punished for the only good thing he did, although he did it in an unusual manner

    Hemantha Friday, 20 August 2010 09:21 AM

    Nice work
    Well Done
    Keep it Up..............................


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