Mumbai: Tightening of coastal security after the 26/11 attacks doesn’t seem to have helped end oil smuggling, which was the mainstay of many yesteryear gangsters of Mumbai. The police have seized nearly 20,000 litres of diesel, worth nearly Rs 14 lakh, from two vessels in two different cases. Six persons have been arrested.
What has baffled police is that in one of the cases, the barge had a licence to venture into sea to transport oil; only that MT Farzana had permission to retrieve sludge oil, which is residual oil, from the rig.
When the Yellow Gate police raided the barge anchored at Mazgaon docks, they found 29,000 litres of sludge oil Rs 1.5 crore, and 11,000 litres of diesel worth around 7.7 lakh. Police arrested three people and are on the lookout for three more: Akbar Pinjara, the owner of
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