Electricity Authority wants Armed Police Mobilized to Control Power Theft

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

    What they are saying:

    • 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.
    • According to him, Rs 700,000 has been collected from them as fine.
    • 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 lines.                                                                                                                  Source: Techlekh