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KESC condemns violent attacks on offices
KARACHI: Karachi Electric Supply Company has strongly condemned the violent attacks of defaulters on complaints canters, business offices and grid stations in difference parts of the City during recent days.
KESC refused to be coerced into providing free of cost electricity to non-paying and stealing customers under any kind of pressure. KESC said that in most cases, the attacking consumers owed huge unpaid electricity bills to the power utility and were found involved in electricity theft. The employees on duty asked them to clear their dues and to stop stealing electricity in order to get their power supply restored.
However, the attackers took law into their hands and tried to force the utility employees to submit to their illegal demands. KESC said that violence did not benefit the attackers in any sense but only blocked the provision of services and operations of the power utility to the general public.
According to details, in separate incidents, on May 3 three maintenance vehicles hijacked from Korangi and Landhi, two vehicles from Gulistan-e-Jauhar on May 4, and another vehicle from Lala Abad District South on May 5. Incidents of mob violence, stone throwing and damage to assets took place on May 4, 5 and 6 at Baloch BOC, IBC Tipu Sultan, Baloch
Grid Station, 13G Complaint Centre, Korangi East Grid and IBC Clifton; at DFS, BOC Adamjee, repeatedly at Clifton Grid Station, Orangi Grid Station, BOC Landhi, VIBC Bin Qasim, Landhi Grid, Lyari Grid, VIBCs of Korangi and Shah Faisal Colony, KDA Grid, Al Noor Complaint Centre, IBC North Karachi and Azizabad Grid Station. In almost all cases, KESC assets were damaged and employees were abused and manhandled.
On May 5, prolonged scene of law and order situation was witnessed at Airport1 Grid Station where the violent mob repeatedly attacked KESC employees, threw stones, damaged the utility’s equipment, assets and furniture, made illegal entry into prohibited areas, kidnapped utility employees and burnt furniture pieces and tyres. On May 6, a smaller mob attacked the same Grid Station and injured a security guard.
At most of the venues of violence, police and rangers were called who dispersed the violent mobs. At Airpor1 Grid, the law enforcement agencies even had to fire gunshots in the air to scare away the attackers. KESC said that despite violence and threats of revenge, the utility employees remained firm and they did not bow down to the illegal demands of the attacking defaulters for providing free of cost electricity without payment of bills. KESC said that the defaulters needed to pay their longstanding dues instead of resorting to pressure tactics.
KESC asked the saner sections of the society to prevail upon the intimidating elements and motivate them into following responsible paying bills and stop stealing electricity. KESC also requested the government to provide adequate security at the utility’s public dealing offices and strategic assets and installations. KESC said that security of its power infrastructure was essential for smooth operations of the power supply system and the government needed to protect it in the best interest of the general public.