Cops ‘close’ petrol pump in Kishtwar

DODA: The police highhandedness in Kishtwar district has incurred huge loss to a filling station in the town as the police are not allowing any customer to enter Malik filling station situated near Chowgan, Kishtwar.

Cops ‘close’ petrol pump in Kishtwar

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Doda, September 11

The police highhandedness in Kishtwar district has incurred huge loss to a filling station in the town as the police are not allowing any customer to enter Malik filling station situated near Chowgan, Kishtwar.

The police have to pay over Rs 18 lakh to the owner of the filling station and when the owner demanded the money, the police in return refused to pay the entire amount and stopped the working of the filling station.

Sources said for the past four days, the police have deployed special operation group (SOG) members outside the filling station who are not allowing the customers to enter the station to fill their vehicles. “On September 8, the SOG members came and installed barbed wires outside the filling station saying they had input of a terror attack on the police establishment near the petrol pump. People also became worried that it might be true as during the last one year there were two terror incidents in Kishtwar town,” said a source.

“But on the very next day, the employees of the filling station received a phone call from a police official asking them to provide fuel to the police on credit. The police official had said the petrol pump would be allowed to function only after the police were given the fuel on credit,” the source said. But the owner of the station refused to give fuel to the police on credit anymore.

The issue has been raised with the Divisional Commissioner and the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Jammu, by the Petrol Pump Association president in Jammu but so far no action has been taken as no customer is allowed to enter the filling station.

The police have agreed to pay Rs 8.5 lakh but the filing station owner is not willing to give any fuel to the police anymore.

“Our petrol pump has remained closed for four days and it will not serve any purpose if the police pays only Rs 8.5 lakh. The police should pay the entire amount,” an employee of the petrol pump said.

He said even after assurance from the IG, Jammu, to lift security from the filing station nothing has been done and the filling station is still closed.

On being questioned, the SSP, Kishtwar, Harmeet Singh, said, “I am not aware of the matter.”

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