STF recovers over 18,000 litres of diesel, four arrested | Daily News

STF recovers over 18,000 litres of diesel, four arrested

Police Special Task Force (STF) officers were able to recover 18,800 liters of diesel that were being transported by two lorries from the Hambantota Fisheries harbour yesterday.

Four suspects have also been taken into custody along with diesel stock. They are the drivers and the assistants of the lorries.

It has been revealed that this diesel stock was to be issued for fishing boats of the harbor, but has been released by an illegal means for it to be sold at a higher price.

The arrested have stated to the police that they were transporting the diesel stock to the Sevanagala Sugar Factory. Fuel had been stored in the vehicles in plastic tanks used to store water.

According to the police, this is the first time the STF arrested such a huge quantity of fuel in a single raid. The total market value of this diesel stock is Rs.8.2 million.

Police suspect that this is not the first time the suspects were smuggling diesel from the fisheries harbor. Therefore, it is expected to discuss this matter with the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation and take further steps to prevent the recurrence of such crimes, said the DIG in charge of the Matara Range Mahesh Senaratne.

Police and the STF have recovered 30,000 liters of diesel in five raids last month in this area.

 


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