"Couldn’t afford a push bike three years ago’’
Fuel racketeers now bowser fleet owners

By Franklin R. Satyapalan


Police investigating the massive oil adulteration scam busted last week have discovered that suspects who didn’t own even a push bicycle three years ago now owned fleets of 10 to 20 bowsers each, STF Commandant DIG K.L.M. Sarathchandra said yesterday.

He said that the CID has now been called to investigate whether the members of the organised crime ring involved in the multi-million rupee fuel adulteration racket had the support of CPC employees.

Following information received by Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, the STF was assigned to crack down on the racket of adulterating diesel with kerosene, lubricants and waste oil and supplying petrol filling stations that retailed this adulterated fuel to unsuspecting motorists.

STF units simultaneously raided several locations at Kadawatha, Kolonnawa, Wellampitiya and Angoda areas and 18 suspects in possession of large quantities of diesel, waste oil from ships and kerosene as well as several bowsers were taken to custody. Some information of the raids appeared to have leaked and some suspects had been able to clean their yards and make sure that they were not caught with the goods, police said.

CID Director SSP N.K.D.W. Amerasinghe is supervising investigations.

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