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HC sets up spl cell to prevent power thefts during festival

Bombay High Court

Mumbai: The Bombay High Court today ordered constitution of a special cell to check power thefts during the forthcoming Ganesh festival and Navratri festival here.

The cell, to be headed by a Deputy Commissioner of Police (Enforcement), would keep watch on temporary electricity connections given to organisers of festivals.

Other members of the cell would be senior inspectors of police and chief vigilance officer of Bombay Suburban Electric Supply and Transport Undertaking (BEST).

The court had earlier asked Mumbai police commissioner Rakesh Maria to convene a meeting of power supply companies and police to find out ways to stop power thefts during the festivals.

Maria had held a meeting of BEST and police officials on August 12 and mooted formation of a special cell.

The High Court is hearing a public interest litigation filed by former journalist Ketan Tirodkar alleging that power is stolen brazenly during festivals by rigging up supply from street side electricity poles.

The police have been directed to share data of Ganesh Mandals with the BEST authorities.


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