Bandaragama’s Chief Police Inspector R.C. Rajapaksha said they received complaints from two motorists – a lorry driver and van driver, after they were sold counterfeit fuel in three containers. Fortunately, they became suspicious and detected the forgery before they poured it into the tanks.
The inspector said that after this incident police officers at fuel sheds warned motorists and pump attendants of such rackets and urged them not to buy fuel sold by outsiders.
Later, the racketeers were arrested following a tip-off from alert motorists.
The two suspects, aged 29 and 32, are from Horana and Galle. They were found with two plastic cans filled with water mixed with diesel which stayed on top. They were produced in the Pandura Magistrate court and remanded.