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West Bengal: BPCL denies dealers charge

KOLKATA: Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd has strongly denied allegations of selling poor quality fuel brought against it by the West Bengal Petroleum Dealers Association. The dealers, who criticised the company's `Pure for Sure' programme, observed a on e-day's strike here on the issue.

Mr A.C. Sen, General Manager (Retail-East), Bharat Petroleum, said the strike was a failure and dared the dealers to move the authorities against the company.

The petroleum dealers' body alleged that the oil company was pulled up by the Weights & Measures Department for selling inferior quality oil and in low quantities. ``We want the association to bring specific allegations against us so that we can reply. T hey can also inform the policing authorities. We are open to any investigation'', Mr Sen told newspersons.

On August 23, Bharat Petroleum launched the `Pure for Sure' scheme in the city as part of a national programme. About 12 of its dealers (out of the existing 76) undertook training for three months and started selling guaranteed pure petrol and diesel. Th e oil company has 264 dealers in the State.

Mr Sen said the programme was an ongoing one and that the other dealers would be covered by it soon although inclusion was not compulsory. He said the company was facing opposition from dealers only in Kolkata. -- Our Bureau

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