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Power TheftIt was a James Bond-like impersonation that helped Kerala State Electricity Board engineer, Mr G. Srinivasan, to bust the secrets of a major power theft gang in 2004. Encouraged by the then power minister, Mr Aryadan Mohammed, Mr Sreenivasan, a member of the KSEB's power theft squad, pretended to be the CEO of a private firm and met the kingpin of the gang secretly seeking help to ‘steal' power.

"We only had his mobile number and so we had to undertake this impersonation. I even worked in the private firm's office for a few days to give it a real feel," Mr Sreenivasan told Deccan Chronicle.

"It was a dangerous exercise as he was a hardcore criminal. But we drove together and he told me the modus operandi."

With the tips inadvertently given by the gang, the KSEB squad took out raids and detected power theft worth `150 crore across the state.

These and similar adventures pepper the book ‘Power Theft' penned by Mr Srinivasan, now resident engineer of the KSEB in New Delhi. According to Mr Srinivasan, power theft causes a loss of thousands of crores of rupees in the country every year.

"Of the 800 billion units of power we produce, 10 per cent is thieved in various ways," he said. In his well-researched book brought out by Prentice Hall, Mr Sreenivasan details around 54 ways of stealing power.

Naturally, the state electricity minister, Mr A.K. Balan, had some trepidation while releasing the book here on Friday. "I hope it does not turn out to be an inspiration for amateur power thieves as all the methods are described in detail," said Mr Balan.

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Source- Deccan Chronicle

 

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