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Posted at: Aug 10, 2018, 12:48 AM; last updated: Aug 10, 2018, 12:53 AM (IST)

‘Mobile’ filling station sealed, SAD leader’s family in a spot

Dimpy Dhillon denies illegality, accuses Cong MLA Warring of vendetta
‘Mobile’ filling station sealed, SAD leader’s family in a spot
Modus operandi: A tanker being filled at a fuel pump in Gidderbaha; and supplies diesel to private buses in Bathinda. Tribune photos

Archit Watts

Tribune News Service

Gidderbaha, August 9

A team of government officials here on Thursday sealed a filling station owned by Shivraj Dhillon, father of SAD’s Gidderbaha constituency incharge Hardeep Singh Dimpy Dhillon, for allegedly filling tankers with fuel and supplying it in other towns.

One FIR each was registered in Bathinda and Gidderbaha, while a fuel tanker was impounded in Bathinda.

The filling station is located outside Dimpy’s residence. He and his father were present on the spot when a team led by officials of the Food and Civil Supplies Department, the Legal Metrology Department and the Indian Oil Corporation, sealed it in the presence of cops.

The action was taken on the directions of Food and Civil Supplies Minister Bharat Bhushan Ashu, who had received reports that an IOC fuel station was supplying fuel in tankers to buses owned by New Deep Transport.

The minister had sent Assistant Director, Food and Civil Supplies, Rakesh Singla to conduct a sting operation. Singla said he had received a complaint that the tankers were being loaded from Satpal and Brothers’ fuel station in Gidderbaha and further sent to filling stations in Bathinda.

“On a tip-off, a team was stationed outside the filling station at Gidderbaha from 1 to 6 am. A tanker (PB 30 L 3178) of 4,000-litre capacity was filled. Another tanker (PB 30 N 7478) was also filled here,” said Singla.

The officer said both tankers left for Bathinda. “Our team followed the vehicles. One tanker reached the filling station and bus parking shed of New Deep Transport on the Bathinda-Mansa road. We swooped down on the operators when they were filling buses of New Deep Transport with fuel. The other tanker left for Balluana.”

Amanpreet Virk, District Food and Civil Supplies Controller (DFSC), Bathinda, said, “Satpal and Brothers’ fuel station has violated norms by selling petroleum products at any place other than the authorised points of sale. The tankers have also violated the Petroleum Act, 1934, and Petroleum Rule, 2002, by endangering lives due to the unauthorised movement of petroleum products.”

Diwan Chand Sharma, DFSC, Muktsar, said, “The proceedings in Gidderbaha and Bathinda were videographed.” In Gidderbaha, an FIR was registered against the fuel station owners under Section 7 of the Essential Commodities Act, Section 23 (A) of the Petroleum Act and Sections 285 and 336 of the IPC. Another case was registered in Bathinda.

Dimpy Dhillon, a close aide of SAD chief Sukhbir Badal, said, “Local Congress MLA Amrinder Singh Raja Warring is behind this action. There is no illegality on our part if someone buys diesel from us in a tanker and then supplies it to buses. The tanker impounded is not owned by us. Further, all buses of our transport company are plying on a contract basis.”

He added, “Earlier, Vigilance sleuths had conducted a probe, but found nothing illegal. All our buses run on permits and fulfill norms of the Transport Department.”

Refuting Dimpy’s allegations, Warring said, “If someone indulges in any illegal activity, he/she will face action as per law.”

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