Gas agency writes to CM, expresses fears of violence

With the deadline for submitting the Know Your Customer (KYC) set as November 30 by oil companies closing on Friday, LPG distributors representatives have written to the Chief Minister apprising him of problems faced by agencies and expressing fears of likely violence.

A letter faxed to the CM mentions that all agencies that are seeing a huge rush in the last days are bound to face law and order situation post the connections getting blocked. "We have written to the CM expressing fears of untoward incidents if there is blockage of connections. We have demanded that talks be held with the petroleum ministry regarding the KYC issue,'' said state president of LPG dealers association Usha Poonawalla.

Oil Companies had set November 30 as deadline for submitting KYC forms for those having incomplete address and more than one gas connection. On Thursday, most gas agencies were packed with people rushing to beat the deadline. 'My agency saw huge queues that spilled over to the roads,'' said Poonawalla.

The dealers have stated that their staff are hugely burdened with the paperwork and have requested an extension of deadline after talks with the ministry. The gas agencies have also requested "police protection" fearing stone-pelting and any other untoward incidents in the state.

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