The Story Of A Power Theft.

http://karachi.metblogs.com/archives/images/2007/06/kmbpt1-thumb.jpgA few days back I was having a sleep over at my cousin’s house in north Nazimabad. It was Tuesday morning 3:30 am, every one in the whole of the neighborhood was fast asleep, For some odd reason me and my cousin were still up when we heard some noise on the street, it was someone’s main gate slam shut. We peeked out from our room’s window on the first floor. There were three unknown men along with my cousins good neighbor Mr. z, One of them had a flash light which he was using to illuminate the electric meter for his other partner who was disconnecting the wires from the meter. Their third associate stood guard in the middle of the street, alert and ready to warn his partners, while Mr. z was standing calmly on his main gate, holding it ajar.

At this point I quickly reached my duffle bag, pulled our my camera and came back to the window to see what was going on. Our room was completely dark, they couldn’t see us but we could see them very well. The two men by the electric meter, disconnected all the wires one by one. The then Pulled out the meter from the wall and took it inside. Moments later they connected a few wires to temporarily resume the houses electric supply and all of them disappeared inside.

http://karachi.metblogs.com/archives/images/2007/06/kmbpt2-thumb.jpgFrom the first floor I could see them sitting in their front yard, sitting in a an almost circle, illuminated with a reading lamp, doing something with the meter. The immerged outside an hour later with the tweaked meter. It took them almost half an hour the fix it back in place. At around 5:40 all three men left on their bike. They were never seen again.

My cousin wanted to lodge a complain at first but than we realized that Mr. z, is well connected. It won’t take him long to get out of this mess but he will indeed make trouble for my cousin.
In our city there are many such people who have got their meters tweaked or by passed to steal electricity, Mr. Z is just one of the many in our city. The concerned authorities should stern action against such criminals so that the money saved can be used to make the electrical supply system more reliable and the issue of power shortage could be addressed properly as well.

40 Comments so far

  1. NY (unregistered) on June 25th, 2007 @ 9:49 pm

    You yourself are breaking the law if you are concealing a wrong doing like this.

    However, i do understand that your cousin or you can get into trouble. The way out is probably to send an anonymous letter to the local police station and ask them to take stern action. I doubt this would help.

    You can also call up the KESC and tell them of what had happened without giving your name etc…

    One option is to openly publicise such a person…mr.z may want to get this rectified if he is openly blamed and criticized..

    I would also like to ask you what ‘well connected’ means….how about getting these ‘well connected’ people off the hook too…would be interesting to know that..


  2. Ali (unregistered) on June 25th, 2007 @ 9:55 pm

    Jamash >> what was that odd reason :P


  3. Arsalaan Haleem (unregistered) on June 25th, 2007 @ 10:50 pm

    Jamash, you are becoming quite a spook! I have heard that CIA is looking for Urdu speaking spys….care to join them :-))


  4. MB (unregistered) on June 25th, 2007 @ 11:07 pm

    Is Mr Z a sector incharge or something ?
    If no then don’t worry and just go ahead and complain.

    Also, may be the criminals were themselves from KESC. As i had mentioned in my story on blog, all the wrong doing at lower level is going on with official assistance so relax. . . .


  5. Imran (unregistered) on June 25th, 2007 @ 11:12 pm

    I was surprised to see this post because no one blamed this on MQM so far, but hey i did not have to wait long..Here comes MB with the question “Is Mr Z a sector incharge or something ?”. Now I am waiting for Doctors and others to jump in and start bashing MQM for this too.I am sure Doctor would come up with an excellent story and he would claim that Mr Z is either a cousion of Babar Ghouri or Babar Ghouri himself….:)


  6. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on June 25th, 2007 @ 11:17 pm

    @JAMASH

    Did you ever tried to complaint for the Thousands of KUNDAS around. Are you scared of them or you are helpless???

    I would dare and do the Meter Tweaking and challange anyone to confront. I pay my KESC Bills within due date, and yet when the power is down, the Juice walla Thayla 250 meters away from my home is selling FRESH juice using the Kunda which have the power 24/7 and hooked up are 25 Stalls -for which each stall owner pay Rs.50 a week to Police wala only.

    JAMASH Shame on you U seems blind on Kundas….. !


  7. BoZz (unregistered) on June 25th, 2007 @ 11:37 pm

    Post a letter with pictures and time line to the MD K.E.S.C., if you feel this action to be wrong and if you do not wish to be a part of it. Being silent does not absolve you of your responsibilities as a citizen.

    Rest is up to your conscience.


  8. Rabayl (unregistered) on June 25th, 2007 @ 11:46 pm

    Excellent journalism Jamash. Ignore the buffoons who criticize a good expose. You should definitely file a complaint with evidence, even if it is anonymous.


  9. Zeeshan Syed (unregistered) on June 25th, 2007 @ 11:59 pm

    I agree with NY. Now when you have seen the whole thing happening and since you have also captured some images, you can easily file a report. Don’t tell me you can’t use a local PCO to make an anonymous call!!


  10. iD (unregistered) on June 26th, 2007 @ 1:26 am

    I will suggest you to write a letter to local Police and/or other authority with the pictures or video you’ve taken
    If we don’t stand for ourselves then who will?
    Also it’ll be your electric meter tomorrow :)


  11. A for [pine]apple (unregistered) on June 26th, 2007 @ 1:55 am

    Great night sneak peak :-)

    Now you can well imagine the number of such manipulators + the “kundas”, and then people complaint about electricity ( I’m sure quite a major percentage of the ones I see in news complaining can be equally acquitted of electricity theft).

    why dont local govt take a widespread action against them??


  12. Balma (unregistered) on June 26th, 2007 @ 2:10 am

    acquitted ????


  13. BitterTruth (unregistered) on June 26th, 2007 @ 2:45 am

    Unlike commentators above, I won’t suggest you to lodge a complain if you or your cousin could be identified and the person is “well connected”. Police is no way reliable and cant guarantee to hide your identity. KESC does know there are massive power thefts and a large number of kundas are vividly visible.


  14. atif abdul rahman (unregistered) on June 26th, 2007 @ 3:41 am

    when state commits crimes, it sends a strong signal all the way down the food chain and every little fish big fish will follow the wave…


  15. NY (unregistered) on June 26th, 2007 @ 3:43 am

    Somehow get this mr. z punished…would at least be an eye opener for all others!


  16. neptuneN (unregistered) on June 26th, 2007 @ 4:47 am

    what about you, peeking into other peoples property at 3 am and on top of that you photographed them with out their permission. .. . . and then in the spirit of neighbourhood u didnt inform any one at KEMC hmmmm what was the purpose of the whole exercise then???????? beats me………….


  17. d0ct0r (unregistered) on June 26th, 2007 @ 11:34 am

    @neptuneN those meters are installed outside the boundary wall on the road.. so he wasn’t “peekin” into anyone’s private property..

    my gut feeling is that these 3 people belonged to KESC its self and were helping Mr Z slow down his meter.. coz private electricians are always reluctant to touch the meter and electric pole..

    @Imran i thought the story of MQM’s armed terrorists hijacking Edhi’s morgue and put a gun to Rizwan Edhi’s head was enough to keep you excited for the moment…


  18. BoZz (unregistered) on June 26th, 2007 @ 12:10 pm

    “The trust of the innocent is the liar’s most useful tool.” as said by Stephen King.


  19. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on June 26th, 2007 @ 12:25 pm

    great catch Jamash! now go out and file complain against them. If can’t then email to Columnist of different papers with evidence. people like hamid mir,ayaz amir or shahid masood could be helpful. Infact u just mail to GEO and they wil do work of “Jalti par tail ka kaam” ;D


  20. aaxz (unregistered) on June 26th, 2007 @ 1:31 pm

    Lets hope MR z doesnt read this blog .. :P for your sake.


  21. ~ Outsourcing MY vision to YOU ~ (unregistered) on June 26th, 2007 @ 1:54 pm

    So, Jamal Shamsi, I am curious.

    You noted that: “the Juice walla Thayla 250 meters away from my home is selling FRESH juice using the Kunda which have the power 24/7 and hooked up are 25 Stalls -for which each stall owner pay Rs.50 a week to Police wala only.”

    You are saying that Jamash is “shameless” and “blind” for not reporting kundas. (Incidentally, Jamash also hasn’t reported that my brother was mugged, but I’ve forgiven Jamash his un-omnipresence.)

    Shamsi, I am missing that part in your juice-wala story where you – surprise, surprise! – REPORTED the incident and successfully managed to prevent the illegal practice.

    So, what did you do?

    P.S. Karachi won’t be so miserable if all the people, some of whom comment anonymously, reported as pro-actively as they are urging Jamash to do. To imagine we have such a consortium of spiritual and morally correct souls, converging here on a blog, and telling others to “go out and report” and “volunteer” in the rain while they are…. checking out a blog. If you’re not doing anything, at least shut up and stop asking others to implement your bl**dy “vision”.


  22. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on June 26th, 2007 @ 2:15 pm

    @~ Outsourcing MY vision to YOU ~

    KESC complaint centre simply told me to Shut up, the Area Nazim & Police is part of it. We can’t do anything., we remove 5 Kundas, 15 pop up in next hour,

    Come next evening at 9 PM after Isha Prayers, police wala came to my house, told me saheb, app bhi kunda daloo A/C chaloo karoo.. ham hain na, keyon ghareeb ke rozi par laat martay ho app ka keya jata hai.

    So tell me if am wrong in paying my bills ? I will be alone in my Grave with my deeds,

    I choose to pay bill be it with smile or with a frown the best part is my concious is clear and am not outsourcing my vision asking Others to Implement.

    Snapping and preaching HONESTY via Blog is very Handy- rather FOR FREE, (CHEAP)

    Excercising and standing UP is MANLY and GUTSY, many lack…!


  23. mantissa (unregistered) on June 26th, 2007 @ 2:17 pm

    @jamash:

    As an alternative i think you could also approach the CPLC about this as an anonymous tip (this is as much of a citizens problem as much as it is a crime) – they are one of the few institutions out there that know how to deal with the painful government bureaucracy (be it to a degree)


  24. mantissa (unregistered) on June 26th, 2007 @ 2:17 pm

    @jamash:

    As an alternative i think you could also approach the CPLC about this as an anonymous tip (this is as much of a citizens problem as much as it is a crime) – they are one of the few institutions out there that know how to deal with the painful government bureaucracy (be it to a degree)


  25. superiorwhiteman (unregistered) on June 27th, 2007 @ 12:10 am

    Jeez, you bastards are a whiny lot. Ever hear the saying no good deed goes unpunished? Instead of trying to figure out clever ways to annoy overworked and underpaid officials with the heist of the century, and possibly make a mortal enemy, has anyone thought of asking Mr. Z to have his boys hook you up for some free e- ?

    Don’t be a fag, get your self some free energy and try to get a little ahead in the world. If ol’ Z won’t comply, then rat him out for being a dildo.


  26. ShahidnUSA (unregistered) on June 27th, 2007 @ 10:52 am

    Fag,energy and a dildo. Sweet, this sounds fun!


  27. Khaaksaar (unregistered) on June 27th, 2007 @ 12:49 pm

    Jamal Shamsi, where are the juice walas that you mentioned as below:
    “I would dare and do the Meter Tweaking and challange anyone to confront. I pay my KESC Bills within due date, and yet when the power is down, the Juice walla Thayla 250 meters away from my home is selling FRESH juice using the Kunda which have the power 24/7 and hooked up are 25 Stalls -for which each stall owner pay Rs.50 a week to Police wala only.” Posted by: Jamal Shamsi at June 25, 2007 11:17 PM.


  28. Khaaksaar (unregistered) on June 27th, 2007 @ 8:57 pm

    You can’t get blood out of a stone.

    Millions of people in Karachi have seen illegal electricity connections (Kundas) and electricity theft in coloured photos printed in most newspapers many times plus they have seen video clips on T.V as well since the past many years. Who has done anything about it? Are all those millions of people who have seen the photos in newspapers and seen vidio clips on T.V are to be punished because of what they saw? And what about those who took the photographs and made videos, are they to be punished too? Who will punish millions of people for just looking at crime photos and videos shown to the public and reading about such crimes in newspapers? As far as such crimes are concerned, which normal citizen would be willing to stop such crimes? If some are intrested in stopping this kind of crime they can go ahead and search back dated newspapers for proof and contact journalists

    and file cases at there own risk.


  29. mansoor (unregistered) on June 27th, 2007 @ 9:56 pm

    Jamash, good scene hai yaar! talk about being caught red handed, a little more of the face and these would’ve been the money shots!

    even though i am tempted to advise you against saying anything, submitting it to CPLC on conditions of anonymity might not get Mr. Z arrested, but he would be faced with quite a huge fine and could be made the ‘scapegoat’ for KESC for revamping their image by publicly prosecuting it.

    Dawn, The News and Daily Times.. are you reading?

    just a thought…..


  30. ~ Outsourcing MY vision to YOU ~ (unregistered) on June 27th, 2007 @ 10:32 pm

    @Jamal:

    So, you gave up?


  31. ~ Outsourcing MY vision to YOU ~ (unregistered) on June 27th, 2007 @ 10:36 pm

    @Jamal Shamsi:: and there is no need to answer. Everyone is projecting here, telling others to do what they fantasise doing but won’t. I just picked on you because you were so [i]vocal[/i] in condemning poor Jamash for no good reason. He’s just an unpaid blogger, not the god of small things. No worries, we are all wimps.

    Rest in peace.


  32. pkhan (unregistered) on June 27th, 2007 @ 11:13 pm

    Good story, if no one’s want to do any thing?There are millions of these kind of set ups where people are stealing the Power.
    These are thestory for the masses but Our elite/the industrialist are stealing big Time like if your actual bill is for two hundred thousand get your meter slowed and pay hundred thousand and twenty thousand to Assistant Executive Engineer.
    Citizen needs to be vigilant and MUST report these thief’s to the highest ranking officer in kESC.


  33. New York Giants (unregistered) on June 28th, 2007 @ 7:51 am

    The blogger is a criminal if he/she conceal a crime and doing a disservice to the nation. You are obligated to inform the authorities ASAP. Keep in mind that otherwise you/your cousin and other people are paying for the electricity that Mr. z is using.

    In the US such people would be in jail in a matter of hours.


  34. New York Giants (unregistered) on June 28th, 2007 @ 7:52 am

    The blogger is a criminal if he/she conceal a crime and doing a disservice to the nation. You are obligated to inform the authorities ASAP. Keep in mind that otherwise you/your cousin and other people are paying for the electricity that Mr. z is using.

    In the US such people would be in jail in a matter of hours.


  35. Ghalib Zakir (unregistered) on June 28th, 2007 @ 1:16 pm

    This is Pakistan dear you can do all the wrong things in a right way

    And the authority are also involve in such things so where we go?


  36. Ali (unregistered) on June 28th, 2007 @ 4:02 pm

    Jamash you have done a good job now report to Abdul Rasheed Ghazi (Jamia-e-Hafza) alongwith all your evidence.

    I think they will help us in correcting all the mess especially the electricity theft


  37. Ali (unregistered) on June 28th, 2007 @ 4:03 pm

    Jamash you have done a good job now report to Abdul Rasheed Ghazi (Jamia-e-Hafza) alongwith all your evidence.

    I think they will help us in correcting all the mess especially the electricity theft


  38. Ali (unregistered) on June 28th, 2007 @ 4:03 pm

    Jamash you have done a good job now report to Abdul Rasheed Ghazi (Jamia-e-Hafza) alongwith all your evidence.

    I think they will help us in correcting all the mess especially the electricity theft


  39. KLM (unregistered) on June 28th, 2007 @ 4:04 pm

    Jamash you have done a good job now report to Abdul Rasheed Ghazi (Jamia-e-Hafza) alongwith all your evidence.

    I think they will help us in correcting all the mess especially the electricity theft


  40. sakthi (unregistered) on June 28th, 2007 @ 7:37 pm

    Nowadays it becomes common not only in Pakistan,also in India.Last week former Indian cricket player Manoj Prabhakar’s Wife has been arrested by Delhi police for power theft…
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