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Indian oil company rejects causing Sri Lanka fuel crisis

The Lank Indian Oil Company (LIOC) on Monday rejected what is described as "mischievous and factually incorrect" reports that it was responsible for the shortage of oil in Sri Lana. 

"As a reliable distributor of petroleum products in Sri Lanka over many years, LIOC is making all efforts to assist in the early resolution of this problem. However, attempts by some to blame LIOC for causing the shortage are mischievous and factually incorrect, and we categorically reject such allegations," the LIOC was quoted by PTI as saying in a statement

"Thus, large shortages across the country can only be caused by disruption in supplies of Ceylon Petroluem Company. It may be noted that LIOC has adequate stocks...and normal daily diesel sales of 775 MT is continuously happening from all our sheds across the country. It is total misrepresentation of facts that diesel is not being sold by LIOC sheds."

On Monday Sri Lanka's fuel minister attempted to reassure the public stating there was sufficient fuel for consumers. However, his words did little to allay fears with long queues continuing to form outside fuel stations.