• Tuesday, May 24, 2022

ASIA

Indian gang held for stealing 50 million litres of crude oil

Gang had purchased land adjacent to the refinery and dug a tunnel to tap the pipeline owned by state-run Hindustan Petroleum to steal the oil.

By: Eastern Eye Staff

Police in Rajasthan have cracked a criminal syndicate accused of smuggling more than 50 million litres of crude oil inside water tankers from India’s largest onshore oilfield, an official said Sunday (23). The theft at the Cairn India oilfield went undetected for nearly six years until police in the western desert state arrested 25 people this week for involvement in the sophisticated smuggling network. Local media reported $7.75 million worth of oil could have been stolen in total from the oilfield run by a subsidiary of British mining giant Vedanta Resources. More than 75 people, many drivers and contractors working at the oilfield,…

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