Sarpavaram police led by inspector Chaitanya Krishna on Tuesday successfully busted a racket involved in pilferage of imported palm oil from the storage tanks and arrested five persons along with their pilferage devices.
Disclosing the details of the palm oil racket, SP Vishal Gunni said that the gang had taken on lease a part of the Atlas Marine Company godown in the port area and clandestinely constructed underground storage tanks.
They adopted a novel technique of drilling a hole in the main oil supply pipe that receives palm oil directly from the ships to nearby NCS Company storage tanks. By fixing the special device to the pipe where the hole was drilled, they drew 23 tonnes of palm oil and pumped into a sump first and later into the underground storage tanks. Since the hole was made in the pipes underneath, it could not be noticed by anyone. The oil was later shifted to Sri Dhanalakshmi Oil & General Merchants.
The SP said the arrests were made as part of the investigation by the East Godavari district police after receiving a complaint from the management of NCS Industries Pvt Ltd, Vakalapudi.Acting on a tip-off, the police arrested a habitual offender Bondu Narayana of Uppada village in U Kothapalli mandal and Madiki Jakkaiah of Santhanapuri Colony in Kakinada and seized two tonnes of palm oil from their possession.
NCS Industries Pvt Ltd complained that an increasing amount of oil was found unaccounted for and their actual drawal figures were not matching with the metre readings at the main pipeline valve. To avoid attention from the public, the offenders drilled holes to the pipes away from local habitations. The offenders were loading the stolen oil into tankers and supplying the same to known customers
Port officials cancel errant Atlas Marine’s lease contract:
In the aftermath of nabbing oil mafia at the Kakinada Port, port authorities have canceled the lease for the company which is handling warehouse. According to sources, Atlas Marine company has taken the port warehouse in the pretext of supplying marine tugs to several parties, relating to shipping trade. Earlier, the company has given all assistance to the National level naval event at Visakhapatnam and international level naval event at Chennai. Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu appreciated for the company’s managing director A. Alisha for his logistic support.
According to sources, Mr Alisha gave his warehouse recently to oil mafia for one year. The company officials said that they don’t know the persons who took lease the warehouse set up slumps. Sources said that the port department canceled the lease on the charge of giving it sub-lease without their permission. SP Vishal Gunni said that Mr Alisha had given his warehouse to the oil mafia for lease and played an active role in the entire episode.
Source: The Indian Express