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A major oil racket in operation since 1983 in the Grandpass area was busted by the Special Task Force (STF) and 16,600 litres of diesel stocked illegally to be sold to third parties seized, STF Commandant R.W.M.C Ranawana said.

The diesel was stocked in 79, 210 litre diesel barrels. Three suspects were arrested including the owner of the business during the raid and they have been engaged in collecting and reselling diesel, petrol, grease, engine oil and cooling oil without license.

The warehouse was situated in the Stadium village in Grandpass. The STF attached to the Rajagiriya camp also seized, 72 petrol litres, four 5-L diesel cans, 137 2-O oil cans, 30 kilos of grease, and 15 litres of engine oil during the raid.

They also seized a double cab owned by a major government entity which had come to release diesel after completing its running sheet.                                                                                             
He said that all the individuals involved in the racket have been arrested. The raid was carried out on Monday night after valuable information was gathered by the STF Intelligence team under the directions of STF Commandant R.W.M.C Ranawana. (Supun Dias)
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  • meranchi Wednesday, 11 May 2011 03:09 AM

    great job many more to do please go a head

    M.Jayatunga Tuesday, 10 May 2011 03:05 PM

    Ongoing operation since 1983? Prabhakaran's crimes pale into thin air


    Maheekaran

    Janaka Tuesday, 10 May 2011 04:05 PM

    Well done! although it's really really late. Let's make a hanging post at galle face to use in these situations.

    dilli Tuesday, 10 May 2011 04:05 PM

    How many more of these rackets are still flourishing with the patronage of the big wigs. This is just the tip of the iceberg.

    Punchi Putha Wednesday, 11 May 2011 04:33 AM

    Looks like they have arrested the son, father started the business and now retired

    Kan Tuesday, 10 May 2011 10:37 AM

    Better late than never!!

    Ramesh Tuesday, 10 May 2011 10:45 AM

    In operations since 1983? So the Police had left them scot free to run the business for 28 years.. Shouldn't the OIC of Grandpass be punished?

    Dinithi Tuesday, 10 May 2011 10:52 AM

    Awsome corruption...almost institutionalised. Good work but do not select the people to catch. Catch all...government supporters too.

    H-M Tuesday, 10 May 2011 11:13 AM

    superb...

    spark Tuesday, 10 May 2011 11:19 AM

    The busting of this racket is a big bang but not a surprise. Now the covering up operations will commence which will be stronger than the bang.

    Milliband Tuesday, 10 May 2011 11:58 AM

    No political involvement?

    pam Tuesday, 10 May 2011 12:11 PM

    Good job !

    channa Tuesday, 10 May 2011 11:59 AM

    It good thing now the Government is taking action against these thieves with the help of the STF....


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