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Dibrugarh Police on Monday arrested three more persons in connection with the diesel adulteration racket.

The arrested persons have been identified as Vikash Jain, Sib Prasad Bagaria and Lallan Dubey.

According to sources, a big racket of diesel adulteration remained active in Dibrugarh and there is involvement of many persons who have connections with local MLAs and minister.

“We have arrested three of the racketeers from different locations. Sib Prasad Bagaria and Lallan Dubey were arrested from Sivasagar and Naharkatia respectively while Vikash Jain was arrested from Dibrugarh,” Dibrugarh additional SP (HQ) Padmanav Baruah told Northeast Now.

“We have seized 65 bags of chemicals used for adulteration of diesel from the house of Sib Prasad Bagaria. It’s a big racket functioning since a long time,” Baruah added.

Dibrugarh Police have arrested six persons so far in connection with the diesel adulteration racket.

Earlier, Amrit Urang, Rubul Dhulia and Mukesh Choudhury were arrested.

Rubul Dhulia is the owner of RD Dhaba and the whole diesel adulteration racket was operating from his dhaba.

Recently, Dibrugarh Police conducted a raid under additional SP (HQ) Baruah at Chabua RD Dhaba and seized 20,000 litres of adulterated diesel.

During the raid, three tankers containing 20,000 litres of suspected adulterated diesel, five litres of nitric acid used for adulteration, 20 kg powdered adulterant, 2 electric motors, two motorcycles, one scooty and one chemical testing kit were seized from the RD Dhaba.

It seems the recovered items were kept to be used for adulteration of diesel mixing kerosene and other chemicals.

“We are properly investigating the case. Recently, we conducted a raid at Nagajan in Duliajan and seized 2,200 litres of adulterated condensate,” said Baruah.

“We will arrest everyone involved in the racket. Right now, we cannot divulge the details because our investigation is still going on,” Baruah further said.

It has been alleged that the racket has been going on for the last several years in nexus with local political leaders, police and civil officials.

The adulterated fuel also causes substantial damages to vehicles and two-wheelers when used.

Avik Chakraborty

Avik Chakraborty is Northeast Now Correspondent in Dibrugarh. He can be reached at: babs8oct@gmail.com