11 arrested, petroleum products worth millions seized

July 16th, 2008 - 7:22 pm ICT by IANS  

Agra, July 16 (IANS) Eleven people were arrested early Wednesday and petroleum products worth millions of rupees were seized in a series of raids on storehouses to bust a black-marketing racket here, an official said. Raghuvir Lal, senior superintendent of police Agra, said that 11 people have been arrested and more arrests were likely.

Three oil tankers were also seized.

A major racket in off-loading petroleum products - petrol and diesel - from tankers coming from Mathura refinery was going on for months, the police said.

Farmers and factory owners were regularly buying their supplies at cheaper rates from these storehouses located on the national highway. Over half a dozen of these storehouses were sealed.

A police official said that tanker drivers of the Mathura refinery are suspected to be involved in it.

Hundreds of tankers from the refinery maintain supply to entire Uttar Pradesh.

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