Petrol pumps shut down in Hisar

12 August, 2017

Hisar: All 160 fuel stations in the district observed a strike today to protest the rising number of incidents of crime at petrol pumps. The All Haryana Petroleum Dealers Association (AHPDA) had given the call for the strike, demanding the arrest of accused in several incidents of loot at petrol pumps. They decided to protest against police functioning after robbers took away Rs 2.65 lakh from the petrol pump in Chaudhariwas village on Wednesday.

The police reportedly remained clueless in the case even though CCTV camera footage was available to assist them in the investigation. Six incidents of loot and firing at petrol pumps had taken place in the district in one year. The police had failed to crack any incident so far and none of the accused could be arrested.

AHPDA president Rajkumar Salemgarh said they kept petrol pumps closed to register their protest and show their solidarity. “Eight incidents of crime had occurred at petrol pumps since 2014, of which six occurred since August 2016. Not a single case has been solved,” he added.

“We have asked the police to nab the accused in the Chaudhariwas petrol pump loot by August 13, after which we will resort to another 24-hour strike. We may later decide to go on an indefinite strike,” he said.

SSP Manisha Chaudhary said three incidents (two of loot and an extortion bid) had taken place at petrol pumps in the district this year.