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LPG pilfering: Alemao demands govt intervention, seeks licence cancellation


Perturbed over police’s alleged inaction against a gas agency wherein a Benaulim local had caught delivery boys red-handed while pilfering LPG, the local MLA Churchill Alemao demanded that the government should intervene and cancel the licence of the agency.

Addressing the media, Alemao alleged that “there is enough proof and despite it, the Colva police are reluctant to register a case.  I demand that the office of the chief minister should immediately act on it. The director of civil supplies should insist for cancellation of the licence of this agency and also the godown should be sealed for investigation.”

It is learnt that the gas would be removed by breaking open the seal of LPG domestic cylinders and the same would be transferred into empty cylinders and resealed it to supply to hotels.

Alemao said that the police should book a case against the agency owner.  “This is a serious matter. I am going to write to the central minister and the petroleum company too, demanding cancellation of licence of the agent,” Alemao said.

Meanwhile, the South Goa district collector Swapnil Naik, on Friday, said he will seek a report from the concerned petroleum company on the LGP cylinder tampering matter.

Speaking to this daily, Naik said, “I have read the reports in newspapers about tampering of LPG gas cylinders.  I will seek a report from Hindustan Petroleum company as to what action they propose to take against the agent. Soon after the report I will take necessary action in this regard.”  The collector said within next  10 days he will  take appropriate action in the matter.

When asked whether he would take a suo motu action in this regard since it is an issue that affects the common man, the Collector said if necessary he would not hesitate to take the suo motu action and would direct the company for cancellation of the licence.

A source in the legal metrology department informed this daily that a case had been registered in the past against the said agency.   When contacted assistant controller of south zone, Arun Panchwadkar, he said a drive will be held from Monday to check weight of the LPG cylinders.  However, the company official could not be contacted despite repeated attempts for comment on the

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