Rawalpindi - The city district government Rawalpindi (CDGR) and police have failed to check the illegal practice of refilling of LPG gas cylinders in almost all the areas of the city.

According to Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) Ordinance, the refilling of LNG cylinder is illegal and the federal and provincial governments have strictly instructed the district governments and police to end illegal business of gas refilling.

Unfortunately, the illegal business of LPG gas refilling cylinders has boomed without any check in the areas of police stations Westridge, Naseerabad, Pirwadhai, Banni, Ratta Amral, Race Course, Saddar Bairooni, City, Gawalmandi, Gunjmandi, Morgah, Civil Line, Airport, Sadiqabad and New Town.

During a survey conducted by The Nation on Saturday, it was alleged by the citizens that police and district government officials receive bribe from the owners of the illegal LPG gas cylinder fillers. According to them, the refilling of small gas cylinders was a very dangerous act in congested areas, endangering the lives and properties of the citizens.

A reliable source also confided to The Nation that blue-eyed men of many station house officers (SHOs) are involved in exercise of collecting bribe from the traders of the illegal business.

Many citizens demanded of the authorities concerned to take steps to check the illegal business.

It may be noted here that many people had died in various parts of the city when a gas cylinder exploded while refilling. Thought the police had filed cases against the distributors but no further action has been taken so far.

Police are taking action on daily basis against the traders/fillers of LPG cylinders, besides registering cases against them, said City Police Officer (CPO) Israr Ahmed Khan Abbasi when this scribe contacted him for his point of view. He said that he would issue instructions to all SHOs to launch crackdown against the illegal LPG cylinder filling agencies in the city.

The DCO was not available for his comments.