Sandeep Gupta, a kingpin in the interstate crude oil theft racket, was nabbed by Surat Police. Surat police arrested him in Kolkata on Monday and turned him over to the Gujarat Anti-Terrorist Squad on Wednesday.This case is registered under Gujarat Control of Terrorism and Organized Crime act (GUJCTOC).
Surat Police Commissioner Ajay Tomar said that some 20 cases are registered against Sandeep Gupta in Gujarat, Rajasthan, West Bengal, Haryana and Bihar. He has allegedly stolen crude oil worth Rs 300-400 crore from the public sector companies pipeline.
The modus operandi of the accused was, he used to hire a unit in the one to two kilometre vicinity of the crude oil pipeline, he would get the pipeline punctured and steal oil. On an average, he used to steal three to four tankers overnight, the officer said.
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