The manager and an employee of a petrol pump, owned by footballer Baichung Bhutia, have been nabbed for selling water instead of diesel, police said today.
Two truck drivers said their vehicles had stopped moving as they drove out of the pump after filling diesel from the petrol pump at Mallaguri Regulated Market area here yesterday.
On examination, they found water instead of diesel in the fuel tank of the vehicle and the pipe which connects the tank with the engine, the police said.
When they brought it to the notice of the pump manager, he denied it.
The truck drivers then informed the Pradhannagar police station.
Tension gripped the area with angry people assembling to ransack the pump, the police said.
Following the development, the manager, Sanjay Sengupta and an employee, Sujit Das, were nabbed, Siliguri police commissioner K Jayraman said.
He confirmed that the petrol pump was owned by Baichung Bhutia.
"Only after Bharat Petroleum conducts a test and investigates it, we shall be able to take further action," he said.