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LPG cylinders seized in raids

Staff Reporter

Tirupur: The officials of Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited, Indian Oil Corporation and civil supplies seized 129 domestic LPG cylinders used for commercial purposes and another four commercial cylinders supplied by unauthorised dealers, from 65 restaurants and tea stalls in the city and its outskirts.

A van used for unauthorised sales and distribution of LPG cylinders was also seized from near Koduvai during the raid held on Tuesday night and Wednesday. S. Kiran, area manager (sales), BPCL, told the reporters that checks were conducted at a total of 200 restaurants and tea stalls situated near the Old Bus Stand, Samalapuram and Koduvai areas.

Illegal act

“Owners of the shops from where the LPG cylinders were seized will be fined under Gas Control Order and any repetition of the illegal act could land them in prison for a term ranging from three years to seven years,” he said.

The shops owners from whom the 129 cylinders were seized had in fact taken the LPG connection for domestic purposes and then were using it at their commercial establishments.

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