Monday Jul 06, 2020
KARACHI: Police registered a case on Monday against a man whose video went viral a few days ago, in which he can be seen threatening K-Electric employees.
Police registered the FIR on a KE employee's complaint, within the jurisdiction of Gulistan-e-Johar police station against the man, identified as Ashraf, who threatened the employees while they carrying out their duties.
Hayat said that the employees were removing illegal connections in Gulistan-e-Johar Block 1 on June 29, when Ashraf interfered in their duties and started abusing them.
The petition also included provisions related to disrupting government’s work and issuing threats.
The FIR nominated five people along with the main suspect. Police carried out raids to arrest Ashraf, who can be easily identified after a video was shot by a KE officer while he was making the threats.
The video went viral after it made its way to social media. Police said that the suspects will be arrested and brought to book soon.
In his threats, Ashraf said he had attempted to attack the KE staff and if the workers show up in the area again, no one will be able "to save them".
“Tell your officers we will not go to block 1, lunatics live there, those lunatics are saying that around the world, light (power supply) is uninterrupted but, here electricity theft is happening, rains happen but earthing (method) is improved, tapping is done and safety is also improved, if you cannot do this then get lost from here,” said the man.
He also told the KE workers to tell the management not to send staff here to work at the locality’s block 1.
“If we see you here, by God, we will not use words,” he can be heard saying in the video.
The residents of the city grew more agitated with the city's lone power supply company, as in the scorching weather they had to brace prolonged power outages.
The citizens' wrath, along with the issue of overbilling, has even caught the Centre's attention.
The residents of the city are agitated due to scorching weather coupled with continued power outages of more than 10 hours in several areas.
Due to the constant protests by the citizens, the issue has even gained the attention of the Centre.
Recently, the PTI's Sindh leadership demanded the federal government bring in another company to distribute electricity in Karachi to end KE 'monopoly'.
Leader of the Opposition in the Sindh Assembly, Firdous Shamim Naqvi, said that Karachiites are sick of K-Electric. He said that it was high time the city was provided another system of electricity distribution.
“K-Electric does not have the capacity to take more than 600 megawatts of electricity from the national grid,” said Naqvi. He added that distribution should be given to other companies through a tender before 2023.