Upon arriving at the location, the police discovered a stack of fodder. Upon removing it, they observed that a section had been excavated in a square shape. 

A 52-year-old man has been apprehended for purportedly pilfering oil from the Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOCL) pipeline located in the Dwarka area of southwest Delhi, according to authorities. The accused had excavated a section of land situated just 40 meters from the pipeline, where he allegedly siphoned oil and camouflaged it with fodder.

Rakesh Kumar, a resident of Pochanpur village and the owner of the excavated plot of land, has been identified as the accused, according to Deputy Commissioner of Police Harsha Vardhan in Dwarka. The Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOCL), Northern Region, reported an incident of oil theft from the Delhi-Panipat section of an IOCL pipeline, stating that they conducted an inspection on September 29, revealing the likelihood of oil theft occurring in the Pochanpur village area, as stated by DCP Vardhan.

While the landowner has been apprehended by the police, the main culprits involved in the oil theft remain on the run. The full extent of the criminal network is still under investigation. Authorities are yet to determine the specific actions taken by the accused in relation to the stolen oil, which is suspected to have been sold for financial profit.

The police have filed a case under several sections of the Petroleum and Minerals Pipelines (Acquisition of Right of User in Land) Act, 1962, as well as the Indian Penal Code, according to the Deputy Commissioner of Police. In recent years, IOCL has been installing high-pressure oil pipelines equipped with sensors to detect pressure drops, aiding in the detection and prevention of oil theft, as per police reports.

Upon inspection by the police, they discovered a mound of fodder covering a dug-out square section of land. Subsequently, they observed that the accused had penetrated the IOCL pipeline and inserted a plastic pipe using a valve mechanism, according to the Deputy Commissioner of Police.

Upon excavating the area where the pipeline was situated, authorities discovered a machine designed for extracting oil by drilling holes into the pipeline. This apparatus was connected to two plastic pipes. Police elucidated that a deeper investigation unveiled an underground tunnel crafted by the accused to conceal the pipes. Rakesh is currently undergoing interrogation, and efforts are underway to apprehend the entire group, stated Vardhan. Additionally, law enforcement has successfully recovered the tools used in the commission of the crime.

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