Material worth 50 lakhs stolen from LJHP

ALTAF BABA

Baramulla, Nov 1: Despite being guarded by police, around 600 copper bars and some scrap worth Rs 50 lakhs have been stolen from Lower Jehlum Hydel Project (LJHP) in Baramulla.
The incident came to light when some employees of the project noticed that the nut bolts of the store were loose. The burglary has surprised many as the power house is guarded round the clock by armed police and several watchers are deployed to keep vigil.
The nexus between some employees of the project and the burglars is not being ruled out. The officials are working on different angles and are also framing details of the labourers deployed.
According to reports, the authorities of the project carried out a comprehensive repair of two 35 MW units a year back. The maintenance agency, Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL), replaced hundreds of copper bars and the same were placed in the store of the power house. The store carries scrap worth crores of rupees. The stolen copper bars are heavy and it is not possible to lift them without a carriage.
Two store watchers have been suspended and a team has been constituted to look into the matter.
“The total value of the stolen material can be calculated only after the inventory of scrap is properly looked into which can take some time,” said Executive Engineer LJHP, Gawhar Ahmad.
Police have taken cognizance of the incident and started investigation. “We have started the investigation and will register an FIR,” a police official said.
“The entire power house and the store are guarded by police. The theft is a matter of great concern and police should investigate the matter thoroughly so that the culprits are brought to book,” said an official of the project.

Lastupdate on : Thu, 1 Nov 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Thu, 1 Nov 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Fri, 2 Nov 2012 00:00:00 IST




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