Police have detained 21 staff of Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC), when they were attempting to steal and conceal 17,000 litres of petrol exported from India in Rupandehi on Tuesday.
The NOC staff were arrested after they diverted the fuel-loaded tankers before they reached the NOC depot in Rupandehi. The tankers had entered from India.
The NOC staff were caught red hand when they were pouring petrol inside big drums hidden underground in their reclusive location. The secret sites were located in Padsari VDC-1 and Madhbaliya VDC-3. A total of 19 tankers were carrying the fuel.
The case has come to light at a time when Kathmandu is facing fuel shortage. The NOC, time and again, is criticized for corruption and malpractices, while its officials claim nothing like that ever exists.
Similarly, the NOC frequently complains of huge deficits in the trade of fuel, but has done little to improve its internal management and address the issues of adulteration and leakages.