Bhubaneswar: Following widespread resentment over allegations of fuel tampering at a gas pump near Baramunda in Smart City, Khandagiri police on Thursday sealed the pump with immediate effect.
According to reports, the service station named “Highway Service Center” located in Baramunda was operating under a license from Hindustan Petroleum (HP). Following reports of adulteration on OTV, scientific teams from the Khordha Forensic Laboratory and HP visited the gas station and took samples from six underground fuel tanks.
Speaking to OTV, HP’s regional manager, Subhabrat Khan, who was on site with the science team, said: “This is a company-owned point of sale and is fully automated. There is absolutely no chance of tampering here.
“I think there is a technical problem. We are collecting the sample at this time. I will only be able to talk about the real problem after the report has been sent from the lab, ”Khan added.
“Regarding adulteration, we checked the automation system and couldn’t find more than a liter of water, which is pretty negligible for a 16 KL tank of fuel,” said Khan.
However, if we find that the dealer here has indeed tampered with the system in some way and tampered with the fuel, then we will certainly revoke their license, ”said Khan.
Earlier Wednesday, several customers gathered at the “Highway Service Center” gas pump in the Baramunda area and alleged that the gasoline dispensed by the machine contained water. Protesters squeezed gasoline from the fuel tanks of their bikes into plastic bottles to prove their claims.
(Edited by Rashmi Ranjan Mohanty)