Wires stolen from pump house; CMC yet to file complaint

Wires stolen from pump house; CMC yet to file complaint

They also opened the lid of the borewells and put stones into them. Though the incident came to light on Sunday itself, the City Municipal Council (CMC) informed the police only on Monday.

That the CMC hasn’t yet filed an official complaint with the police has raised eyebrows. According to the information given by CMC vice-president S R Murali Gowda to Deputy Superintendent of Police Prakash Gowda, Circle Inspector of the Rural police station Dhananjaya Kumar and Sub Inspector Ganesh, visited the spot and conducted an inspection at 11 am on Monday.

CMC executive engineer Nagaraj and chief mechanic Lakshminarayanappa, provided information on the estimate of loss, which has been put at Rs 20 lakh.

“Miscreants had cut the wires of the electric poles a few days ago and a complaint had been filed with the police. They have cut the wires of the electric poles once again,” Murali Gowda said.

Councillors visit spot

On the delay in informing the police, Gowda said some of the CMC members were out of town on Sunday. Officials were also not available since it was a holiday. Hence, the police were informed only on Monday, he added.

CMC members Salauddin Babu, Ramesh, Madhusudhan Kumar, Chand Pasha, Jaffer and Riyaz Pasha visited the spot on Monday.

Police sources said that the negligence of the CMC could also be a cause for the incident. Wires of the electric poles had been stolen 15 days ago.

Senior police officials had asked the CMC to provide protection to the remaining wires.
But the CMC did not pay heed to the suggestion, the sources said.

With there being no adequate protection, the miscreants stole the remaining wires worth lakhs of rupees and damaged the borewells, they said.

In spite of all these developments, the CMC is yet to file an official complaint.