17th August , 2003 Volume 10, Issue 5
pulling a money spinner; villages in the dark
villagers are to petition both the President and the Prime Minister urging
the transfer of both the Karawanella and Deraniyagala police units for
alleged supporting the removal of power supplying lines acting at the
behest of political stooges to keep two villages in the dark.
members of the local body and the provincial council have been identified
by the villagers as the 'men cutting the power supply lines' and keeping
the villages in the dark.
villagers told The Sunday Leader that this has become a thriving business
while people suffer with no power supply.
And this is done by men who have been elected to office by popular
vote" said U.Nandasena, a villager who said it was disgusting that
powerful politicians maintained stoic silence while their stooges
destroyed the infrastructure facilities provided decades ago.
claim that the illegal business has received the covert blessings of the
area member of parliament, and hence, for the past six months a few men
have been employed simply to cut and sell the wires.
gathered wires are of high values and at least five kilos of wires are
sold monthly, allege villagers who say that the racket has been going on
for about six months amidst allegations that the police too
play a role.
area was provided with electricity under a rural electrification scheme
launched by the first Prime Minister D.S. Senanayake, and it is this
network that is being destroyed by gangsters who want to make quick money.
unnamed source complained that a youth organisation in the area had caught
some of those involved in the racket and produced them before the area
police to no avail. " They took no notice and the culprits were not
produced before courts," said a villager.
Thanks to all this, the power supply in the villages is in poor shape.
What makes matters worse is the local politicians, the gangsters, the
hooch vendors who get together to sell the wires and share the profits
made" villagers told The Sunday Leader.
police inaction, an officer from the Karawanella Electricity Board told
The Sunday Leader that a man recently died of electrocution while cutting
off live wires, but added nothing was done to curb the growing problem.
to the allegations, Samurdhi Minister and MP for Deraniyagala, R. A.D.
Sirisena told The Sunday Leader that the matter has been placed before the
consultative committee of the Ministry of Power and Energy and brought to
the notice of the Inspector general Police as well.
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