Syndicate that stole oil worth crores from Cairn India's oildfield busted
The Rajasthan police have arrested 31 persons and claimed to have busted an inter-state syndicate that allegedly stole crude oil worth crores of rupees from Cairn India's oilfield in Barmer over the past several years.
"We have arrested 31 persons in connection with a crude oil stealing racket, including 7-8 persons working with Cairn India. Seventeen drivers involved in the syndicate have been arrested," SP, Barmer, Gagandeep Singla said.
More arrests are likely, he said adding that the police were investigating the links of the syndicate outside the state.
We have been able to establish links of the racket in Uttar Pradesh and Kolkata so far, Singla said adding that the role of some top officials of the oil and gas giant was also being examined.
The Barmer police had on Saturday arrested two accused with one tanker that was filled with 2,200 litres crude oil, police officials said.
The accused were arrested on the information that crude oil from the Cairn India field was being supplied to factories.
According to the police, operators were authorised for transporting water. However tankers were used to carry oil in two of the five compartments inside them while the rest would be filled with water. Two of the accused Sata Ram and Dharma Ram were allegedly selling the crude to Gautam Singh and Bhoor Singh at a factory located about 12 km from the city, the police claimed. Gautam Singh allegedly paid Rs 7.50 per litre to the tanker owner and sold the crude further, the police claimed.