Four held for stealing transformers; 20 theft cases solved
Delhi Police arrested four men who were working for a contractor hired by power distcom BSES for stealing transformers in Nazafgarh of southwest Delhi, reports Vijaita Singh.delhi Updated: Feb 24, 2009 00:31 IST
These transformers were installed to curb power thefts — thieves stole them too.
Delhi Police arrested four men who were working for a contractor hired by power distcom BSES for stealing transformers in Nazafgarh of southwest Delhi.
The accused had been hired to for maintenance of the transformers. They were identified as Devender, Surender, Chandan and Sandeep.
With their arrest, police have solved 20 cases of transformer thefts.
The pole-mounted high voltage distribution system transformers are installed in unauthorised colonies to check power thefts. Each transformer provides electricity to at least ten houses.
“Of late there had been rampant incidents of transformer thefts in the area. At least 20 such thefts were reported in the past two months. We have come to know that the accused were involved in all these thefts,” said a police officer.
Police said that the accused knew the importance of these transformers as they were engaged in maintenance duty.
“After stealing them, the accused sold them in the gray market. All of them are residents of nearby villages,” said the officer.
The accused were arrested on Sunday when they were reportedly stealing a transformer from Lokesh Park in Jharoda area.