Engineer probing power theft chased by violent mob in Delhi, dies in car crash
He led a team of 15 officials who were part of the inspection teams deployed in the area. BSES officials said that around 20 policemen, who were part of the drive, tried to control the situation, but to no avail.delhi Updated: Jul 18, 2017 10:16 IST
A BSES engineer was killed and four others were injured when their car rammed a tree, allegedly in their bid to flee a “violent mob”, in west Delhi’s Jaffarpur on Monday morning.
Electricity distribution company, BSES, claimed that the five were part of a power theft inspection team and they met with the accident after being chased by goons in the area.
The deceased has been identified as Abhimanyu Singh (28), an assistant manager at BSES Rajdhani Power Limited (BRPL). The four others — graduate engineer Yoginder, cameraman Shahruk, technician Pawan Negi and driver Mohammad Wasim — are recuperating at Sri Venketeshwar Hospital.
The discom said Jaffarpur continues to have losses up to 60% owing to power thefts — one of the highest in Delhi.
Singh, who was from Munger in Bihar, had been working with BRPL for over two years. He was a team leader among the 15 officials who were part of the inspection teams deployed in the area. BSES officials said that around 20 policemen, who were a part of the drive, tried to control the situation, but to no avail.
Surender Kumar, DCP (south-west), said a case of causing death by negligence has been registered in connection with the accident and investigations have been taken up. He said that a team of around two dozen policemen had been tasked with accompanying the BSES team.
“Our staff has so far not reported any mob violence, but we are investigating what occurred there and if it had any bearing on the accident. We will take legal action if any such crime surfaces,” said the DCP.
The BSES teams were undertaking inspections in the locality after the discom got a tip-off of rampant power theft in Jaffarpur’s Jhuli Jhuli village. “They were checking for metres and illegal wires in the village when a mob of 30-40 gathered around them. The teams were attacked by the mob which caused them to retreat,” a BSES official said.
As they were retreating, the teams were chased by bike-borne goons. “In the ensuing melee, one of the cars met with an accident after it hit a speed breaker and rammed into a tree. Singh was sitting on the front seat. The mob and the goons were so aggressive that the other four occupants were scared of being dragged out of the car,” the official added.
Attacks on teams inspecting power thefts are common in Delhi which has now taken shape of an organised crime. Only a few days ago, a similar attack took place in which a BSES official sustained injuries, the discom stated.
“Such brazen was the attack that the presence of Delhi Police personnel accompanying the BSES teams did not deter the mob. In the case that happened a few days ago, the team was also accompanied by several policemen. Yet, the attack was not stopped,” BSES officials stated.