Dimapur Police arrested the driver of a truck bearing Regd. No. NL05-D-9451, transporting domestic LPG bound for Atoizu, Zunheboto district on criminal charges of illegal pilferage on July 21.
According to additional deputy commissioner of Police & PRO, Dimapur, the driver named Amrit Debnath (28 yrs) hails from Borpukhuri district, Hojai Assam. The modus operandi of the accused driver was that after loading 306 filled LPG cylinders from the LPG bottling plant at 7 Mile on July 18, he parked the loaded truck along the side of NH- 29 and sold off 28 cylinders at 700 Rupees each to various customers for three days consecutively.
He then refilled the empty cylinders from the already filled cylinders with the aid of a twin nozzle pipe apparatus. After this improvised refill, he then illegally secured the cylinder valves with the safety cap and a plastic seal. In this regard the following items were seized from his possession- three bare safety caps, 31 safety caps with plastic seals, eight plastic rolls and two nozzle pipes. In this connection a case has been registered at Chumukedima PS under the IPC and the Essential Commodities Act and investigation is on.