The vigilance wing of Haryana power utilities on Wednesday claimed to have busted a gang involved in tampering with electronic meters in the city.
Raids were conducted in DLF Phase 1, 2, and 3, Sushant Lok, Sectors 14 and 17 and other posh areas as well as in old Gurgaon.
Rajvant Pal Singh, the DGP and director of vigilance, said in a release that the gang was headed by Govind, a resident of Sector 40, Gurgaon. The other members of the gang are Udaybhan, a resident of Baliya (UP) and Manjeet Singh, a resident of Daultabad, Gurgaon.
The estimated loss to the discom is about Rs 15 crore in the district of Gurgaon alone, Singh said and added that the gang was active in other districts as well. Govind lived in a luxurious house in Gurgaon and owned expensive cars, Singh said.
Penalties were also imposed on erring consumers, who indulged in electricity theft with the help of the gang, Singh added.
According to Singh, Govind had earlier floated a company in the name of M/s Hariom Carriers Ltd that entered into a contract with the discom for reading meters from 2002 to 2007.
The gang used sophisticated devices to change the supply from three phase to single phase by inserting hot needles to make pin holes and then pulling down to cut off the wires to stop the meters from recording the power consumed.
The gang was also involved in installing fake meters for consumers. They would remove the original meter after taking the reading and then reinstall it at the time of the next reading.
The company charged amounts ranging from Rs 15,000 to Rs 35,000 initially followed by a monthly charge of Rs 5,000 to Rs 10,000 per consumer, depending on the quantum and mode of power theft.
Even after the contract period was over, the gang resorted to tampering with meters in the domestic and non-domestic segments, Singh said.
The gang operated with the help of discom staff as such incidents could not have happened had there been effective supervision by senior officials of the operations wing of Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam, Singh said.