The Massive Fuel Scam Busted In Hyderabad, Telangana by the Cyberabad Police, the mechanic was found to have installed IC chips in fuel dispensing machines that helped manipulate the amount of fuel dispensed and thereby cheat customers, in at least 11 fuel stations in Telangana and 22 in Andhra Pradesh.
Along with the mechanic, Sk Subhabi Basha of Eluru, the police arrested three others involved in the scam while seven others, including owners of some fuel stations, are absconding. The other arrested persons were identified as Sk Baji Baba (19), M Shankar (33), and Malleshwar Rao (24), all natives of Eluru in Andhra Pradesh. Addressing a press conference here, Cyberabad Police Commissioner VC Sajjanar said the gang had tampered with fuel dispensing machines in 33 fuel stations in TS and AP over the last one year.
“Subhani works as a mechanic and learned how to tamper fuel dispensers using IC chips. The gang opened the fuel dispensers and embedded the chips in the machine. For every liter sold, the customer gets about three percent less,” Sajjanar said, adding that if any customer suspected the quantity and questioned the workers, they would be directed to a fuel dispenser which was not tampered with and asked to measure the fuel after collecting in a bottle.
Subhani had mastered the art of programming the IC chips from one person in Mumbai and used the experience to tamper with the fuel dispensers here. “He collected between Rs.80,000 and Rs.1 lakh from each of the fuel station owners for his service,” the Commissioner said. The police are making efforts to nab the seven absconding persons after busting the racket, which was investigated in coordination with the Legal Metrology department. The police have removed the chips and have informed their counterparts in AP about the scam.