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, while 58 FIRs have been lodged in connection with the anomalies. Thirty accused have been arrested so far.
The inquiry was ordered by the government in May after the state Special Task Force (STF) conducted raids at petrol pumps in Lucknow in the last week of April this year, and found dispensing machines fitted with "remote-controlled electronic chips" to dupe consumers.
Deputy Commissioner (Food and Civil Supplies) Satya Deo said: “Of 6,742 petrol pumps in the state, an 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.”
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