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Police, petrol pump owners discuss ways to end loot of cash in Twin City


Reported by Santosh Jagdev
Bhubaneswar, June 24:

In a bid to arrest the growing incidents of loot of money on the way from petrol pumps to banks in the Twin City of Cuttack and Bhubaneswar, Commissionerate Police discussed security issues with 61 petrol pumps owners of the Twin City at its headquarters here today.

Pix: Biswa Ranjan Mishra
Pix: Biswa Ranjan Mishra

During discussion with the owners of the petrol pumps, Twin City Commissioner of Police (CP) Dr RP Sharma advised them to take all possible precautions to prevent such loot.

Dr Sharma said petrol pump owners should use the services of professional cash transfer agencies while sending cash from the petrol pumps to the banks. A coordination meeting will be held soon with bankers, police officials and cash management service providers to discuss the safe transfer of money on daily basis from pumps to banks, he said.

The commissioner advised pump owners to put in place gadgets like high quality Close Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras, recruit armed security guard with formal training from registered agencies, properly scrutinize the antecedents of employees before hiring them and provide their details to the respective police stations.

All Odisha Petrol Pump Association Secretary Sanjay Lath praised the noble step set by the CP to hold a meeting on the cash transfer by the cash management service providers. “Though we had earlier planned to introduce this service, it never went very far,” he said, adding, “This time we will follow the Commissioner’s directions positively to minimize the loot bid by criminals.”
Among others, Additional CP Dr Santosh Bala, DCP Bhubaneswar Nitinjeet Singh, DCP Cuttack Sanjeev Arora and other senior police officials were present in the meeting.