Babus, Netas caught stealing power
PDD RAIDS POSH FRIENDS ENCLAVE; FIR TO BE LODGED AGAINST ACCUSED, SAYS CHIEF ENGINEER
SYED IMRAN ALI HAMDANI
Srinagar, Oct 31: At least 20-high profile residents of the plush Friends Enclave, Humhama including bureaucrats and politicians were Wednesday morning caught resorting to power theft, the Power Development Department (PDD) officials said adding FIR would be lodged against the accused.
They said the raids were carried out at sunrise by Special Enforcement Cell of PDD led by an Executive Engineer.
The high profile accused, as per the PDD officials, had been resorting to “such clever means of the theft, which Aam Aadmi could yet be unaware of.”
“Unlike other areas where some poor man could be resorting to temporary hooking during night hours, these Babus and Netas had established permanent illegal connections by hiding service lines in things like the main gate pillars,” said a PDD official adding that the meters too had been tampered at this colony on the Humhama highlands in south City.
He said many of these influential power consumers had even resorted to theft by taking up illegal connections for their security people.
“At many police guarded bungalows, the security people were using illegal connections which not only sufficed their energy needs but also of the landlords,” the official said.
Explaining it further, he said, the accused had taken illegal connections for their security quarters. “But the same quarters were being used for cooking and heating up of water on heaters for washing and cooking,” said a inspection team member.
A senior PDD official said it was illegal for even policemen on duty to take power connection without proper permission.
“Tariff for such connections has to be drawn from SRE(Security Related Expenditure). But at this plush colony policemen on security duty with Babus and Netas were consuming power lavishly and illegally,” the PDD officials said.
Insiders however accused the PDD of taking up raids in some particular pockets of south City whereas other plush areas were being spared.
“It seems there is some personal grudge at work that only some particular areas or consumers are being targeted that too only in Srinagar whereas no such operations are carried out in Jammu,” said an observer.
The PDD however denies the charges saying raids have been random, on for the past six months.
When contacted the Chief Engineer PDD Muhammad Muzaffar Mattoo confirmed about the Humhama raids. “But I am yet to get details,” he said. The CE however said the department would go tough against offenders adding that FIRs would be filed against them.
“We have decided to lodge FIR against the offenders, and the process will start from them(Friends Colony accused consumers,” Mattoo told Greater Kashmir.
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