Karachi: KESC lodges FIR against ‘union hooligans’
Karachi: As the citizens suffered up to 12 hours of prolonged power loadshedding, the Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) lodged an FIR at the Defence police station against six activists of the utility’s labour unions on a reported incident of attack, mainly with pelting vehicles of KESC officials with stones.
The reported attack took place on Wednesday evening outside the KESC head office, in which, according to the KESC officials, five persons were injured and three vehicles were damaged.
Police registered the FIR lodged on Thursday under sections 147 (rioting), 149 (unlawful assembly), 324 (attempt to murder), 427 (damage), 327 (attempt to injuring) of the Pakistan Penal Code.
According to the KESC, the FIR lodged through the KESC General Manager (GM), Security, Col Amir, said that a group of union “hooligans” led by the the general secretary of the KESC Labour Union, Azizur Rehman Pathan, and comprising Babar, Raj Meer, Aijaz Chachi, Shaukat Sumbal, and Farooq attacked the cars of Aamir Zafar, Director, Ali Raza DGM, Safety, and Shoaib Naqvi GSM, with stones, sticks and batons with the “intention to kill”.
Aamir Zafar, Ali Raza, Rehan, Abdul Samad and Mr. Wazir were injured in the attack and moved to various hospitals for first aid after which they were shifted to the Aga Khan University Hospital. Their medico-legal report was registered at Jinnah Post-Graduate Medical Centre (JPMC), said a KESC statement on the incident.
A text message sent to the media persons by SHO Defence Police said that raids were being conducted for arrest of the accused.
The KESC statement said the government and law enforcement agencies had not taken any action against the culprits of that incident as well. The authorities have not yet taken any action to remove blockages and violent presence of union “hooligans” from in front of the KESC offices and installations despite the specific orders of the Sindh High Court to that effect.
Meanwhile, the KESC statement said the CEO of KESC, Tabish Gauhar, visited the injured in the hospital and enquired after their welfare. He expressed sympathy with them and asked the management to provide all medical help to the injured.
He said that the KESC would keep following the lawful path and would face all odds and difficulties in the way of performing its public service role with enhanced dedication and determination.
The statement quoted the KESC CEO as saying that it was strange to observe that law enforcement personnel had not been implementing the Sindh High Court orders for providing due security and protection to KESC employees, offices and installations, and their half-hearted and lackadaisical presence at some of the locations did not prevent the “union miscreants” from “attacking and injuring” the utility’s employees and damaging vehicles and other assets.
He demanded of the government to ensure due safety and security of KESC employees and its operations so as to enable the utility to continue serving and providing relief to around 20 million population of Karachi.
Meanwhile, reacting to the recently re-launched voluntary separation scheme (VSS) of the KESC for its ‘non-core’ and non-technical staff numbering over 4,000, the General-Secretary of People’s Workers Union of the KESC, Lateef Mughal, said the KESC management has once again introduced the VSS plan as a new tactic to sack the KESC employees.
He appealed to all the KESC employees concerned not to accept the VSS, which, he said, was based on fraud.