Central Electrical Technicians Fined for Theft, One Electrocuted in Singapore

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Three Indian-origin electricians were fined for attempting to steal electrical cables from their workplace at a Singapore police department in 2020, while another individual was electrocuted while handling live wires.

Murugan Kothalam, 27, was electrocuted to death while working with the cables.

Technicians Ezhilarasan Nagarajan, 26, and Radhakrishnan Elavarasan, 28, were fined $1,000 each, while Balasubramaniyan Nivas, 29, was fined $1,500 for attempting theft.

All three pleaded guilty to the charges.

Deputy Public Prosecutor V Jesudevan explained that Elavarasan and Nivas, employed by Alltech Systems, arrived at the Police National Service Department building around 10:30 am on October 15, 2020.

Their supervisor instructed them to pass a wrench to the other two men to remove the hose reel box. Nivas and Elavarasan had planned to cut the cables and sell them.

Nagarajan and Elavarasan bundled the cables and went to the main building to remove the hose reel. Nivas later heard a crash and found Kothalam on a ladder which was shaking.

Upon suspecting Kothalam was electrocuted, Nivas kicked the ladder and he fell to the ground.

During the court hearing, lawyers for each offender requested a low fine due to their clients’ limited financial means, as reported by the media.

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