KARACHI - Rangers resorted to aerial firing to disperse the residents of Liaquatabad staging violent protest against Karachi Electric Supply Company due to power disconnection to their houses for last 2 days.

According to details, large number of women and children come out on the roads and staged protest against power suspension. They set tyre and other stuff on fire causing massive traffic jam at Sharah-e-Pakistan for more than three hours. Many car windshields were broken by the stones pelted by the protestors. All parts of Liaquatabad were affected. The protestors also resorted to indiscriminate firing

Heavy contingent of the LEAs reached the scene to tackle the situation while Police and Rangers managed to disperse the protesters after negotiations.  The DSP of the area said that the PMT in Liaquatabad was damaged when a fire broke out accidentally two days ago which was the main reason for power failure. Tension engulfed the surrounding areas.

Meanwhile, KESC claimed that the extensive equipment damaged by the fire was hard to replace quickly. On the preliminary investigation by the KESC Ops team, it became evident that the fire was caused due to persisting overloading by illegal and unauthorized heavy commercial connections.

The equipment destroyed in the Friday fire included a 1000 kva transformer, four HT switches and an LT panel.

KESC said that the two main projects affected by the substation fire, Al-Karam Square and Apsara Apartment, both are ‘very high loss’ locations for the utility. This categorization is based on the financial statistics of the area, where not only is the Billing Recovery Ratio lower than 40% but in addition, over 45% of the electricity supplied is lost due to unabated power theft.