In a major police raid, as many as 33 petrol pumps across Andhra Pradesh, and Telangana State were shut down by the authorities as electronic chips were installed in fuel stations to cheat the consumers. The e-chips installed were designed to manipulate the dispense of fuel into the vehicles.
According to media reports, fuel stations would discharge only 970 ml petrol, while it showed 1000 ml to the customers. Out of the 33 busted petrol pumps, 17 belonged to Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOCL) in TS and AP, nine petrol stations belonged to Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL), and other two by Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd (HPCL).
VC Sajjanar, the Cyberabad Police Commissioner made an announcement on Saturday confirming the arrest of the gang involved in cheating consumers with electronic chips. The Cyberabad and Nandigama police acquired 14 integrated chips (ICs), three GBR cables, one motherboard, eight displays, and one Hyundai i20 car from the main accused Subhani Basha, and his three others.
Along with the gang, the police arrested nine petrol pump owners from both the states, meanwhile, the electronic chips suppliers Joseph and Shibu Thomas are missing.
As per the reports, Cyberabad police commissioner said, “To prevent such large scale cheating and irregularities, all the corporations have been alerted to be more vigilant in the future. The vigilance teams which visit fuel stations regularly have to check for such chips.”