Hyderabad: The Cyberabad police on Thursday arrested eight persons for manipulating fuel dispensing machines in petrol bunks and cheating people by dispensing less petrol than that displayed on the board/metre, causing heavy losses to the tune of crores to consumers.
The gang, with the help of petrol bunk employees, installed chips (ICs), which were programmed with manipulated software, in the fuel filling machines.
The arrested persons have been identified as MD Faizul Bari (42), Kurade Sandeep (38), MD Aslam (29), and Kalimera Narsinga Rao (32). The other four, who are owners or leasers of petrol bunks, are Vandyala Vamshidhar Reddy (30), an assistant manager at TSRTC IOC Hakimpet; Rangu Ramesh (39), manager at IOC Hari Hara Bunk in Pudur Medchal; Beeravelli Maheshwar Rao (49), supervisor at GMR filling station in Mailardevpally; and 8) Nagandla Venkatesh (28) who had leased two bunks - IOC Lakshmi Ganesh Bunk Jeedimetla and IOC Moula service station Gaganpahad, Shamshabad.
Several cases had been registered against the gang in various police stations in Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, and Karnataka. Faizul and Sandeep were previously involved in a similar case in Kukatpally police station area.
Faizul Bari, Sandeep, Aslam, and Kalimera Narsinga Rao had earlier worked as mechanics in various petrol bunks. There they had learned to manipulate the pump mechanism.
They used to install manipulated chips in fuel dispensing machines which delivered less petrol than that actually displayed on the board/metre. Faizul, Sandeep, and Aslam purchased the manipulated software from one Jayesh of Surat, Gujarat.
Narsinga Rao had copied the same chip at Kolanpaka petrol bunk and had continued to install the same in different petrol pumps in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. They charged Rs. 1 to 2 lakh for each programmed chip installation from the petrol bunk owners.