‘Five-star washer man’ jailed for power theft

July 23rd, 2008 - 7:01 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, July 23 (IANS) A “well-to-do” washer man has been convicted and sent to jail for stealing electricity, private power distribution company BSES said Wednesday. Khalil Ahmed, a washer man, was operating out of the Minto Road Dhobi Ghat in central Delhi. Leading dry cleaners, hotels, and affluent neighbourhoods used to outsource their laundry work to Ahmed.

“Earlier, a BSES Enforcement Team had caught him stealing 12 KW of power and subsequently a penalty of over Rs.380,000 was imposed on him. As the accused did not deposit the penalty, a case was filed in the court,” BSES spokesman Prashant Dua said.

Finally a special court on electricity sent Ahmed to jail.

According to a BSES official, nearly 40 percent of the electricity consumed by washer men at Minto Road is drawn through unfair means. Most of the stolen power is used to run the heavy-duty washing and dry cleaning machines.

“In recent weeks, BSES enforcement teams have booked around 15 cases of power theft in the area - cumulatively stealing around 160 KW,” Dua added.

Since 2002, BSES has registered over 85,000 cases of power theft.

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