The Nerul division of Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Co. Ltd claims to have detected a novel power theft of Rs 57 lakh at a company in MIDC.
In the usual theft cases, the electric metres are tampered to show low power consumption. In this case, the company management is alleged to have used a remote control device to activate and deactivate the electric metre.
The raid was conducted on Saturday night after a watch of around a month. The officials will register a complaint against four people, including the owner of the premises and the three partners who had rented the place. The raid was conducted on the premises owned by Sarvan Singh, a Vashi resident who had registered the electric metre in the name of Hardev Engineering Works at Plot 222/3 Shiravane, MIDC.
The premises had been rented to Beskot, an aluminum powder coating manufacturers. The company is owned by Nasser Shaikh (45), a resident of Chembur, and his associates Shukar Habib Mullah (55) and Shaikh Ismail (35), residents of Trombay.
Nerul Executive Engineer YM Kamble said: “The company’s sanctioned load was 38 KW while 79 KW power was used. I had been checking the records of the company which had a metre reading of around 2,000 to 5,000 units every month”
Added Kamble, “Taking into account the process at the company, it should have been around 27,000 units as heavy machinery was used.”
The company officials were not available for comment.