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Smuggling started as petrol prices skyrocketed in the country

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New Delhi: Petrol and diesel prices have risen in the country and this has led to smuggling of gasoline and diesel exported to neighboring countries. According to police, a tanker full of 1,360 liters of diesel has been smuggled to India where the price of diesel is much higher. He was arrested in Nepal just last week.

According to data from GlobalPetrolPrice.com, the price of gasoline or petrol at some petrol pumps has crossed Rs 100 per liter, the highest in the South Asian region. As a result, smuggling of petrol and diesel has started in the country.

Interestingly, Nepal gets all its petrol fuel from India which also exports to Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Ravi Bharti, owner of a petrol pump in Adapur, Bihar, said the price is lower due to lower taxes in Nepal, so smuggling of petrol and diesel has started from Nepal to India. Which has had a very serious impact on our sales. It is to be noted that Adapur is only 2 miles away from the border of Nepal.

Ravi Bharti said sales of gasoline and diesel at his petrol pumps have seen a sharp decline. Earlier sales were up to 1800 liters which has now come down to 1200 liters. He said people are now filling their vehicles with petrol-diesel from roadside traders who are supplying smuggled fuel at cheaper rates.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan have come under fire for raising petrol and diesel prices. He blamed past governments and oil-exporting countries for the drop in oil production. The Modi government has come under fire for raising petrol and diesel prices. India imports 85% of its crude oil needs.

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