Chinese police inspect gas stations amid anti-terror campaign

Police in the Chinese capital today began inspecting some 1,000 gas stations in their latest move to crack down on terrorism from the restive Xinjiang province.

PTI| Last Updated: Jul 02, 2014, 20:09 PM IST

Beijing: Police in the Chinese capital today began inspecting some 1,000 gas stations in their latest move to crack down on terrorism from the restive Xinjiang province.

More than 100 inspection teams will check the safety of the stations as well as the management of oil products there, a police spokesperson told state-run Xinhua news agency.

The gas stations will be prohibited from refuelling vehicles without license plates or those with their number plates covered, he said.

Special staff will be designated to look after gas pumps from which customers serve themselves, while motorcyclists and the handicapped will also have designated staff to help them refuel their vehicles, he added.

Customers would be required to provide relevant papers issued by the local police department before purchasing bulk gasoline, and staff would be asked not to refuel vehicles before making sure that the vehicle`s plate number is consistent with the number of the driving license.

"Gas stations are where flammable and explosive materials are stored, and it is necessary to guarantee safety there," the spokesman said.

Beijing police have beefed up efforts to clamp down on terrorism in the wake of a series of terror attacks in the country.

China blames East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM) for the attacks in Xinjiang and the rest of the country.

On Monday, Beijing police awarded 10,000 yuan (about USD 1,600) to a citizen for providing information on gasoline bootlegging in the capital`s Daxing District.
Meanwhile, police are offering 50,000 yuan to those providing tip-offs on illegal activities including printing books on extremism, selling knives banned by police, and making explosive devices.