HYDERABAD: As many as six policemen, including a Special Operations Team (SOT) inspector, were suspended by Rachakonda police commissioner Mahesh Bhagwat on Saturday for their role in a fuel pilferage racket.
According to sources, the racket was busted on May 18 when police came to know that the accused were stealing diesel from a garage in Medipally where trucks carrying the fuel were parked.
During questioning, the accused confessed that they had organised the racket by managing six policemen — an SOT inspector, a constable, a special branch constable and three other constables from the Medipally police station.
After the confession reports reached the commissioner, all six officers were suspended. However, police officials remained tight-lipped when asked to comment on the details associated with the suspension.
In an incident in 2018, one person died and several others were injured when fire broke as offenders were trying to steal fuel from trucks of various oil companies parked at a garage. Similar allegations of three policemen being in connivance with the accused in the pilferage racket had also surfaced back then.