Petroleum tanker owners six hour flash strike

Petroleum tanker owners six hour flash strike

The movement of petroleum products especially petrol and diesel of public sector oil companies like IOC, BPCL and HPCL into and around the city, including the airport was affected for about six hours, following a flash strike by Chennai Petroleum Tanker owners Associaition protesting against the arrest of its Secretary K Velu in connection with a petrol theft case.

According to Mr Velu, the R K Nagar police took into custody the driver and the cleaner of a tanker owned by him in connection with theft of petrol while it was being transported to a retail unit from the depot today.

He said after hearing the news, Mr Velu went to the police station to enquire about the incident. The police without hearing his submission, arrested him also.

Protesting against the arrest, members of the association resorted a flash strike and did not undertake movement of the petroleum products. They demanded immedite release of Mr Velu.

As the situation worsened, the authorities of the oil companies and office bearers of the association drew the attention of the City Police Commissioner Letika Saran to the issue. She directed that Mr Velu be released.

The tanker lorries then resumed their operations and restored normalcy, official sources said.

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