Mixing petrol with kerosene -- STF busts racket

2017-11-13 16:30:28

A racket, in which petrol has been mixed with kerosene while being readied for transport in a bowser, was uncovered by the Dambulla Police STF today.

They had busted this racket being operated at an abandoned metal quarry in Galewela Makulugaswewa. Investigations revealed that the bowser was allegedly owned by Trincomalee District UNP MP M.A.M. Maharoof.

When the police raided the site they found the driver and his assistant were busy drawing out more than 100 litres of petrol from the bowser using a hose and filling them into plastic barrels, and replaced with kerosene.

The police arrested the driver and his assistant and the bowser and a lorry that transported kerosene taken into custody. It was also revealed that this bowser being used by the LIOC to transport fuel.

When contacted, Mr. Maharoof denied any connection with this racket and that he was unable to contact the driver or his assistant. He insisted that a complain be lodged.

The STF led by Inspector L. Ranathunga carried out the raid on a tip off. (Text and pix by Kanchana Kumara Ariyadasa)

  Comments - 8

  • lawry Monday, 13 November 2017 20:47

    Good job. Even high quality tea was replaced with low quality tea while transporting. The thieves should be punished. Has Sri Lanka lost credibility already?

    Reply : 0       19

    Ram Tuesday, 14 November 2017 01:53

    These rascals must be given deterrent punishments with hard labour. Get them to work on road building sites. Implant a chip on their wrist to catch them if they run away.

    Reply : 0       12

    Arthur Tuesday, 14 November 2017 03:55

    This is price the tax payer has to pay when the leaders are rogues. Quick action is needed on the many frauds as the public feels that nothing will happen to them

    Reply : 0       9

    smartgent Tuesday, 14 November 2017 09:11

    This is a serious crime. The culprits should be arrested and given a jail term for at least 10 years so that this will be a lesson for other wrong-doers.

    Reply : 0       7

    lkboy Tuesday, 14 November 2017 09:48

    an IOC bowser

    Reply : 0       5

    udaya Tuesday, 14 November 2017 11:09

    Small racket.

    Reply : 1       1

    Dee Tuesday, 14 November 2017 11:30

    Do we really know what's in the fuel we use? Has the shed owner ever seen the insides of the storage tanks?

    Reply : 0       4

    MPAR Tuesday, 14 November 2017 11:39

    This news is partially reported. whole details of bowser available but not at all any talk about tipper owner ship, driver and assistant if any. Browser belongs to a Muslim and tipper??????

    Reply : 2       4

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