Spurious furnace oil manufacturing racket busted



Kancheepuram (TN): A spurious furnace oil manufacturing racket has been unearthed near here and one person arrested in this connection, police said on Saturday.

Investigations revealed that oil tankers supplying furnance oil to industries in the area used to make a detour to the area and unload it into an underground tank, police said.

There were three such tanks and the modus operandi involved collecting waste oil supplied by tankers from industries in one: the second one had home made refined oil, and this got further enriched in the last tank, wherein, the tanker lorries would pour a quantity of good furnace oil and replenish their own tanks with the "refined" oil. They then would proceed to the points of supply with the load, police said.

The mix of good furnace oil with the "refined" oil, would be later siphoned off to workshops and other factories as second grade furnace oil, police said.

Kancheepuram Superintendent of Police S Manoharan said one Albert of Tirunelveli was the mastermind behind the operation.

Two 200 litre capacity lorries containing waste oil were impounded two days ago and 5000 litres of furnace oil and other utilities for recycling of waste oil seized at the site. A lorry driver from Chennai, who was arrested, is being interrogated by police.

PTI