News on Pilferage of oil hits Nagaland media; civil societies urge to expedite the case

Dimapur, February 8 (NE): After the release of a breaking news exclusively on NE website with a short video, highlighting about a fire break out in an oil tanker near Dimapur at Lahorizan: Khatkati under Karbi Anglong: Assam on February Four, which turned out to be a case of pilfering oil particularly meant for Nagaland and Manipur states, it is now opening further to a Pandora box of the old kingpin, which seems to take advantage of delay in the current judicial case.

As per notification received here on February Eight by an organization from Nagaland, it said that, the recent accidental exposure of fuel adulteration with fuel tankers being burned for the second time within few months at Khatkati, Assam- Nagaland border which was published in the daily papers on February Six is indeed the proof that fuel adulteration still continues in full swing, showing no sign of stopping despite the fact that the matter is subjudice in the Court.

In the year 2017, civil society organizations dissatisfied with the State Government’s Special InvestigationTeam (SIT) shoddy reports and findings on fuel adulteration, the Co-ordination Committee on Fuel Adulteration (CCOFA) comprising of several CSOs filed a PIL to bring in the CBI to further investigate the matter of fuel adulteration under section 173(8) of the CRPC. In the CCOFA’s PIL it was stated that the SIT report was a mere facade to shield the corrupt officials, politicians and the kingpins of fuel adulteration and for which the matter is now at the High Court. ACAUT had also filed FIR at West police station and the matter is under the Court of the Chief Judicial Magistrate Dimapur. To refresh the public memory, ACAUT busted fuel adulterations units in and around Dimapur during which numerous tankers, containers with thousands of litres of kerosene, various chemicals and equipments for adulterating fuel were found in mid 2016. It was also found out that the fuel adulteration was not only an inter-district business with kingpins running numerous petrol pumps throughout Nagaland but a fully fledged inter-state lucrative business.

One of the main accused in the fuel adulteration case Mr. Dhinanath Shah was arrested on 1st October 2017 and a case was registered at Rangia police station in Kamrup district of Assam. After the exposure of fuel pilferage in Dimapur, this hardened criminal have shifted his adulterating unit to Lahorijan in Assam within a radius of few kilometres from Dimapur and continues this illegal operations with impunity due to the kickbacks received by the beneficiaries, stated a report.

The ACAUT Nagaland has been appearing for court summons and has testified numerous times for the last 4 years incurring monetary expenditure on legal fees and appearances and the case is yet to see any breakthrough till date. When such matter of public importance is sub-judice in the Court the unwanted elements are taking undue advantage of its delay, so ACAUT urges the Court to expedite the case.

The Nagaland Lokayukta is also urged to take cognizance on this illicit malpractice where the fuel adulterating units are procuring kerosene from Government supplies meant for public.

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