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UP Petrol pump owners calls off strike after meeting with DM

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Lucknow, May 2: Good news for the public, as the petrol pumps owners have called off their strike after they met District Magistrate and petrol pump association in Lucknow on Tuesday. On Monday night the petrol pumps owners had called for a strike after Special Task force carried out raids over last few days.

Earlier in the day, the errant petrol pumps, their owners across the state went on a strike to protest against the action.

The device, according to task force officials, helped them get profits worth around Rs 14 lakhs on an average per month.

Several petrol pumps in UP had been caught using electronic chips and remote controls to dispense a lower quantity of petrol and diesel to consumers. A number of petrol pumps, including one owned by UP Petrol Pump Dealers' Association President B N Shukla, had been sealed in the state capital after they were caught cheating.

"The petrol pumps in the state capital went on strike on Monday night. Due to fear of STF action, the staff has run away and they had no option but to go on strike", an official of the Petrol Pump association said.

While the strike is creating inconvenience for people, who were seen lining up outside the pumps that are open, the state government is expecting the deadlock will end soon.

"The Yogi Adityanath government will not come under any pressure. The police action is justified and it was in favor of consumers. The association members are likely to meet the CM and we expect the deadlock will end soon", cabinet minister Suresh Kumar Khanna said on Tuesday.

The state STF had initiated the crackdown on April 27 night when it raided seven petrol pumps using electronic chips operating through remote control.

The device, according to task force officials, helped them get profits worth around Rs 14 lakhs on an average per month. The chip, costing around Rs 3,000, reduced the output by nearly five to ten per cent. It is attached with a wire linked to a remote control.

The remote control sets the limit and if a customer takes 1 litre petrol from any station, he would end up getting 940 ml or less.

OneIndia News ( With PTI inputs)

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