In a major catch, Rajasthan police have managed to get hold of a large smuggling network at the Cairn India oilfield, that went undetected for nearly six years until police in Rajasthan arrested 25 people this week.
According to a official, police in Rajasthan have cracked a criminal syndicate accused of smuggling more than 50 million litres of crude oil inside water tankers from India's largest onshore oilfield.
The oilfield run by a subsidiary of British mining giant Vedanta Resources would have lost oil worth Rs. 49 crore in total, as per the reports by local media.
More than 75 people, many drivers and contractors working at the oilfield, are still wanted in connection with the heists, said district police chief Gangandeep Singla.
The oil was sold to two small factory owners nearby, who stockpiled the crude in underground tanks before selling it on to clients across India.
The stolen oil was used in road construction and diesel production, police said.