Rapid Action Battalion seized around 3 lakh litres of furnace oil which was being hauled for black market in Chittagong Sunday night.
Rab also arrested 23 people for their alleged involvement with the illegal sale of the furnace oil of the state-run Padma Oil Company Ltd.
Acting on a tip-off, a team of Rab-7 conducted a drive at the Karnaphuli river bank known as Anu Majhir Ghat under Double Mooring Police Station at around 11:30pm and captured the people when they were loading the stolen furnace oil in an oil-tanker.
The Rab personnel also seized an oil-tanker named OT Prianka and 11 fake vouchers of the oil.
“They collect oil from Padma Oil Company depot and sell it to various vessels in Karnaphuli River,” said Rab-7 Commanding Officer (acting) Major Ziaul Ahsan.
He said the law enforcers were trying to trace them for the last four days.
The arrestees, in primary interrogation, denied their involvement with the incident and said that they collect furnace oil from different shipyards at Sitakunda upazila in Chittagong.
“We are investigating that whether any official of the company is involved with hauling oil from the company,” said the Rab official.