STF seizes 19,000 litres of hoarded diesel

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The Special Task Force (STF) seized nearly 19,000 litres of diesel that was to be smuggled out of the Hambantota Fisheries Harbour yesterday (10), the largest fuel stock seized so far.

The STF said they seized two lorries and arrested four suspects. It is reported that this stock was to be transported to Ampara. Based on information received by the STF, the suspects were arrested in a special operation last night.

A total of 1,321 suspects have been arrested in 1,387 raids conducted islandwide, Police said.  According to Police, 155,502 litres of illegally stored diesel have been found during raids conducted islandwide.

Also, in the various raids conducted so far, 44,777 litres of petrol and 20,208 litres of kerosene have also been found, Police added. Meanwhile, Police said 10 suspects have been arrested in the raids conducted only on 9 August. In this raid, Police found 2,014 litres of petrol, 238 litres of diesel, and 20 litres of kerosene.

By Sahan Tennekoon and Aloka Kasturiarachchi