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Gov't asks for probe into petrol theft case

Update: December, 10/2014 - 09:59

BINH DUONG (VNS) — The Government asked the southern province of Binh Duong's authorities to look into a reported increase in petrol theft from Chanh My Petroleum Depot.

The move was made after several newspapers reported that some petrol tank truck drivers stole fuel as they transported it to petrol stations from the depot in Thu Dau Mot city. Drivers would reportedly pump other liquids into the tanks to replace the stolen petrol. The mixed fuel could cause damage to vehicles that use it.

Phan Van Vuong, who lives near the depot, said people have been stealing the petrol for many years.

"What worries users like us the most is that the petrol is being mixed with another liquid, reducing the petrol's quality and thus creating a risk of fires or explosions for motorbike and car drivers," he said.

Local police are investigating, and will strictly punish those responsible, said Vo Thanh Duc, director of the provincial Police Department. — VNS

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