Electricity Authority wants armed police mobilised to control power theft

Kathmandu, February 4

Nepal Electricity Authority, which has recently launched a campaign to control power theft in various places of Lalitpur district, says armed police personnel should be mobilised in the mission as unarmed security personnel turned ineffective.

Birendra Kumar Singh, Chief of the Authority’s Lagankhel Distribution Centre, says police personnel accompanying his staff should possess arms in order to arrest theft suspects.

He informs that around 20 persons have been booked in past seven days during the mission. Rs 700,000 has been collected from them as fine, according to him.

The Authority claims that electricity ‘hooking’ is rampant in some areas of the district including Satdobato, Chyasal and Mangal Bazaar and the theft has incurred a loss of Rs 500 million to the Authority every year.

The  Authority has warned of cutting off electricity if anyone is found hooking power line.

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