6 electricity officers arrested for selling power meters
HERAT CITY (Pajhwok): The spy agency on Wednesday arrested six Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS) or power utility officers for selling illegal power meters in western Herat province.
According to a statement from the National Directorate of Security (NDS), the officers arrested were selling power meters costing 50,000 Afghanis to 100,000 Afghanis.
The statement said one of the DABS workers was chased by NDS and was detained while installing a meter illegally. The worker also took 55,000 Afghanis around $1,000 from the consumer, the statement said.
Five other DABS workers involved in illegal activity were also arrested by the NDS officials.
Pajhwok Afghan News tried to contact DABS officials in Herat to get their view point but they could not be approached.
Herat residents hailed the NDS for action against illegal activities and asked for punishment of the criminals.
Firoz Mohammadik, a resident of Herat City, said it was not the first time that DABS workers sold illegal meters the practice was ongoing for long time.
Another resident of Herat city Shah Wali Ahmadi said: “Most of the families in Herat city lacked electricity. Unfortunately, the government has banned power meters selling in the open market but power utility workers sell a meter for 50,000 Afghanis to 100,000 afs in the open market illegally.”
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