Karachi Electric Supply Company concerned over rising violence against fault repair


Karachi: The Karachi Electric Supply Company has expressed great concern over the fact that the Union miscreants had been carrying out higher degrees of violent and unlawful attacks on the utility’s employees and assets with every passing day and lately they had been directly firing gunshots at the KESC officers and teams to injure and disable them. The union attackers have specifically been targeting maintenance work on public complaints with an obvious aim of delaying normalization of local faults and power supply issues facing the general public. The KESC has appreciated the fact that the dutiful and fearless employees have somehow been persisting to perform their public service tasks against all these odds.

The union miscreants on Thursday opened fire from an automatic gun at a Deputy General Manager Distribution in Moosa Lane area who was supervising fault repair of two feeders, Nawabad and Moosa Lane, linked to Aga Khan Grid Station. Fortunately the officer escaped unhurt but the spray of bullets damaged his car. The union activists later physically manhandled him and forced the repair team to leave the place before they could normalize the feeders’ fault.

The miscreants put on fire PECHS-B sub-station at Khalid Bin Waleed Road near Noorani Kabab House affecting power supply to the linked areas. Fire Brigade put off the fire after a few hours of struggle but most of the equipment in the sub-station was badly damaged.

In Block 19 of Gulshan-e-Iqbal, the armed union activists kidnapped a maintenance vehicle No. JY-8220 along with the complaint crew. The crew was insulted and manhandled by the union miscreants and was later released with threats to stop attending to public complaints. The miscreants damaged the vehicle and stole the wireless set before escaping the scene.

Late Wednesday night, the union miscreants attacked the members of a KESC repair team who were attending to public complaints in Neelum Colony in Defence Area at a crane fitted vehicle No. KM-7763 escorted by a police mobile. The union attackers injured the team members and damaged police mobile. They hijacked the maintenance vehicle which was recovered from their possession after about two hours with the help of a larger enforcement of law enforcing agencies. Some union miscreants fired gunshots at IBC Defence offices in Phase-II Extension the same night and threw stones at the building.

The union miscreants surrounded the KESC’s Stores at Power House, Elandar Road, making it impossible for the maintenance teams to receive wires and other equipment from that place to repair local faults. Repair work at various places was affected due to non-issuance of required material. Pending faults at Sultanabad, Aghaz press and Bahadur Market could not be normalized because of the non-availability of wire needed to repair broken wire. Police from Jackson and Civil Lines, and Rangers were called but the union militants resisted them as well.

The KESC understands that it was high time for all the stakeholders including government, political parties and other saner elements of the society to hold the hands working behind this disruptive and sabotage campaign by the union miscreants in order to get the power supply system released from their stranglehold.

For more information, contact:
Adil Murtaza
Assistant Manager, Media and PR
Karachi Electric Supply Company Limited (KESC)
2nd Floor, State Life Building No 11,
Abdullah Haroon Road, Saddar, Karachi
Tel: +9221 9920 7163
Cell: +92346 822 3641
Email: adil.murtaza@kesc.com.pk