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Raids across Uttar Pradesh: 194 petrol pumps found cheating, 30 held, says official

An ongoing inquiry into petrol pumps across the state has so far found 194 of them to be cheating consumers by filling less fuel, an official said.

A total of 58 petrol pumps has been sealed and 58 FIRs have been lodged. 30 accused have been arrested so far.

Special Task Force conducted raids at petrol pumps in Lucknow in April 2017 and found dispensing machines fitted with “remote-controlled electronic chips” to dupe consumers.

Nine FIRs have been lodged and 27 accused were held in Lucknow.

Deputy Commissioner (Food and Civil Supplies) Satya Deo said: “Of 6,742 petrol pumps in the state, inquiry has been completed on 6,622. They have found fault at 194 stations, where chips and other methods were found to have been used to pilfer fuel and dupe customers.”

He said the process of lodging FIR has begun and 58 cases have been registered so far.

Commissioner, Food and Civil Supplies, Ajay Chauhan said 58 petrol pumps, on whose owners FIR have been lodged so far, have been sealed.

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