Satara (Maharashtra): Just days after Nashik additional district collector Yeshwant
Sonawane was burnt alive by the oil mafia, another officer on duty
was roughed up in Satara district when he caught a person stealing
electricity in a village, an official said.
Prashant Gade, Maharashtra State Electricity Board's
sub-divisional officer, was stopped, pushed around and roughed up
Thursday night when he attempted to stop and book a person for
Sensing the ugly mood of the crowd, Gade made a quiet retreat from
The incident took place in Sartale village in Javali sub-district,
said Satara MSEB superintending engineer Gorakhnath Chavan.
"When I learnt of the incident, we decided to take it up seriously
and send an appropriate public message," Chavan told IANS.
On Friday morning, over a 100 MSEB field engineers descended on
Sartale and adjoining Bhisewasti villages and started a combing
operation to detect cases of power theft, he said.
Two people have been held so far and one of them has been
identified as Bhise, who has a criminal background, Chavan said.
Officials revealed that nearly 20 percent of MSEB losses accrue
due to rampant thefts of power, both by industrial consumers and
domestic users, with the support of local mafia who enjoy
However, the MSEB's efforts to bring down power thefts have borne
fruit - from 35 percent in 2005, it has now come to around 20
percent, the official said.
Sonawane was burnt to death in broad daylight by a gang of petrol
robbers when he raided their warehouse near Manmad Tuesday