Staff Reporter

CHENNAI: The Enforcement Wing of the Tamil Nadu Electricity Board (TNEB) has come across a new, sophisticated modus operandi of power theft , involving embedding a chip inside an electronic meter to stop its working using a remote-control device.

Addressing presspersons here on Tuesday, V.Balachandran, Additional Director-General of Police (Vigilance), said they had detected six such cases of power theft using such remote-controlled device in industries having high tension connections. Of the six cases, five were in the Chennai region. Mr. Balachandran said that the Enforcement Wing made the detection based on a tip-off from a police officer.

Though they were unable to apprehend the persons who installed the device, personnel of the wing launched a massive operation all over the State, inspecting various heavy industries, including plastic and steel units, to curb power thefts.