Govt to meet petroleum union on harassment

Police carry out raid to check oil theft in Ri Bhoi

Shillong, Nov 28: The state government has called the North East Petroleum Mazdoor Union (NEPMU) for talks after it threated to
stop supply of oil and petroleum products to Meghalaya.
The reason cited by NEPMU is the harassment of police in the name of checking to know the source of oil theft in Ri Bhoi.
Food Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs Minister Comingone Ymbon told reporters that the state government will meet NEPMU on November 29 November to discuss the matter.

The minister assured the people that there is sufficient petrol allaying fears of any scarcity inview of the threat of strike by NEPMU.

The Petroleum Dealers Association of Meghalaya (PDAM) supported the initiative of  Meghalaya police to stop theft and adulteration of petroleum and diesel along NH 6.


President of the PDAM, Kennedy Khyriem told reporters that in certain areas along  NH 6, starting from Jorabat, theft of petroleum products from tankers takes place thereby affecting the sale of unadulterated oil in Meghalaya.

“Some individuals steal petrol and diesel and sometimes even mix with some other oil to petrol and diesel which will have negative impact to people using these products but finally the Meghalaya police busted and caught the individuals red handed from certain locations along the NH-06 right from Jorabat to Mawryngkneng”, said Khyriem.

However, Khyriem asserted that the association will not tolerate any harassment to truckers or helpers by the police.

“We send this message to the state government, and we salute the police for raiding the place which has been carrying out these kinds of illegal activities for so long. We send a message to the people of the state not to panic” he said.

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