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* Police request public to report fuel racketeers
Wed, May 25, 2022, 08:58 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

May 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka Police are requesting the public to provide information on those who illegally stockpile fuel and sell it at exorbitant prices.

Police Media Spokesperson SSP Nihal Thalduwa said the public could provide such information by calling the hotline numbers 118, 119 and 1997.

The Police note that the illegal stockpiling of fuel at home is dangerous. In such a case, even the slightest mistake can cause harm to that person as well as to the people in the neighboring houses. Due to this the police requested the public to refrain from storing fuel and selling at higher prices.

The police also stated that divisional intelligence officers are also conducting raids to find people who are mixing various substances with fuel and selling.

Meanwhile, Police Media Spokesman SSP Nihal Thalduwa stated that 137 persons have been arrested for selling fuel at high prices without proper licenses.

In 429 raids conducted island wide, 137 persons were arrested with 27,000 liters of illegally stored petrol, 22,000 liters of diesel and 10,000 liters of kerosene, police said.

The Police also said legal action would be taken against the persons arrested in raids who fraudulently mix various substances into petroleum under the Petroleum Products Control and Supply Regulation Act No. 37 of 1979.

 

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