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Defaulters of Rs 13m torture KE personnel


KARACHI: Karachi Electric (KE) was aggrieved when residents of Sultanabad attacked KE staff busy at work on July 16 on the Rickshaw Poll Mounting Transformer (PMT) near Saddar and manhandled KE personnel.Giving details the press statement said these residents who got their electricity supply from the Rickshaw PMTs (2), owed KE’s almost Rs 13 million. The recovery ratio from these 2 PMTs is at a mesmerisingly low level and since Sultanabad is a kunda-infested area, it is categorised as a High-Loss Area. Despite being defaulters, these residents resort to protests where only couple of days back they had blocked off a road which affected the traffic flow as well.The KE staff was working near the Rickshaw PMT area to restore supply after a fault on the over-loaded PMT had occurred, where unknown persons misbehaved and tortured KE’s linesman. The KE vehicle was also targeted in this unfortunate incident. This was not the first time KE’s team faced resistance from the residents of Sultanabad, as such instances occur almost every alternate day. Spokesman KE has clarified, “If such instances continue then we will have no choice but to stop our operations in such areas. These residents are defaulters and despite pleading to them that they need to remove these illegal connections to ensure a smooth supply of electricity, these residents resort to violence and continue to use electricity through such illegal connections or kundas”.

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