Cuttack: The Special Task Force (STF) of Odisha Crime Branch on Tuesday arrested three persons and seized a huge quantity of PDS kerosene stored for the purpose of black marketing.
Acting on a tip-off, a team of the STF conducted a raid on the premises of one Khirod Chandra Patra situated near Church Baula under Gurudijhatia police in Cuttack district and seized 21,000 litres of PDS kerosene.
The three arrested are Gokulananda Pal of Kolar in Cuttack and Radhashyam Barik and Jitendra Rout of Ganjam district. However, during raid the owner of the premises Khirod Chandra Patra managed to escape.
The police also seized two tankers, an electric motor, five empty drums, plastic pipes, chemicals used for conversion of blue kerosene into white, Rs 18,600 cash and equipment used for draining out PDS kerosene from the tankers.
“The gang used to illegally store large quantum of PDS kerosene and later black market it on higher prices,” sources said.
“A case has been registered at Gurudijhatia police in this regard and necessary action will be taken. Further investigation is underway,” police said.