October 3, 2020

Team of power department gone to check electricity theft assaulted in Ambala | Gurgaon News

Team of power department gone to check electricity theft assaulted in Ambala | Gurgaon News

AMBALA: A team of Haryana Power Utilities (HPUs) vigilance wing was allegedly assaulted, its phones snatched and data deleted from phones in Bhunni village of Ambala district when it went to check electricity theft in the village.
HPU vigilance sub-divisional officer (SDO) Jai Gopal lodged a complaint against four identified accused Jasdeep Singh, Gurmeet Singh, Sukhdeep Singh, and Rajender Singh, all residents of Bhuni village and three unknowns alleging that they assaulted the power department team and snatched phones of officials after confining them in a room and deleted data from their phones thus deleting evidence of electricity theft.
On his complaint, a case has been registered identified and unknown accused under Section 186 (obstructing public servant in discharge of public functions), 201 (causing disappearance of evidence), 342 (punishment for wrongful confinement), 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of duty), 379-A (punishment for snatching), and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) at Naggal police station (PS) on Friday.
SDO Jai Gopal stated to the police, “On Thursday, at about 4 pm, I along with two officials Jitender Kumar and Harnek Singh went for checking electricity theft at the dairy farm of Gurmeet Singh at Bhuni village area and when we reached there, we found that electricity was being stolen by putting a direct latch on the supply wire. We established evidence by video recording. Three incidents of theft were found including 3 kW (kilowatt) by Rajender Singh, 4 kW by Gurmeet Singh, and 19 kW by Jasdeep Singh. The physical load at the dairy was between 15-16 kW.”
“We started filling line loss information (LLI) form under proceedings against power theft. Gurmeet threatened the team of dire consequences if we continued with action against them and gathered his family members at the spot. They confined us to a room and Gurmeet’s son Jasdeep snatched my phone LLI book. Later his second son Sukhdeep came, his brother Rajender and women at their home and workers snatched our phones. They deleted the video recordings of the evidence that we had made of electricity theft and contacts from our phones and started assaulting us. They tore our clothes while threatening of dire consequences and intentionally made videos while giving us a cheque of Rs 3 lakh and some cash. At about 12.30 am on Friday, they forcibly took the signatures of three of us on a white paper and threatened of putting our videos on social media if we did any action. Later, they released us after returning our phones but did not return LLI book”, alleged SDO Jai Gopal.
The Ambala police officials told that they have registered a case and investigating further to apprehend accused involved.

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