Black market in indane gas in Khariar NAC has come to forefront through raid by the administration on Wednesday. An investigation squad consisting of the Tahasildar of Khariar, the CSO, Nuapada and a team of Khariar police has seized 17 domestic cylinders of indane gas from 2 hotels and 18 from the godown of a black marketer. 50 litres of k.oil has also been seized. “As directed by the district collector we conducted the raid and seized the domestic cylinders from the hotels and the godown” said the Tahasildar G.Naidu.
Sagar Ganga hotel had 14 empty domestic cylinders and a filled one. The hotel owner somehow knew about the raid and was trying to shift the cylinders to some other place but was unsuccessful. The other hotel named Ganapati Sweets had 2 domestic cylinders and 50 ltrs K.Oil. Rest 18 domestic cylinders were seized from the godown of Pratap Chaudhuri – a habitual black marketer of domestic gas. A gas filling machine used for filling gas in the vehicles has also been seized from Prakash.
“It unfortunate that, the common people are waiting for months together to avail their minimum quota, but these hotels are availing that so easily” said Naidu, who has joined as the Tahsildar of Khariar Tahasil a couple of weeks ago. He has been taking very strong action against illegal sand mining since his joining.
Sagar Ganga hotel, which is located near the bus stand and close to the Gurudwara of Khariar is owned by an influential person. It runs a bar inside the hotel, which has been a point of objection for the residential houses around the hotel. But, using influence, the owner has been able to continue the bar.