A junior electricity board engineer died on Wednesday after he was assaulted allegedly by kin of a consumer, who were angry over an ‘inflated’ bill of Rs 1,038 in Bhopal.
Kamlakar Warathe, 25, died after being injured critically in an attack by two men, Santosh Vishwakarma and his nephew inside the Madhya Pradesh Electricity Board (MPEB) office in the city’s Chandbad area.
Warathe is survived by a three-month-old daughter and his wife.
On Wednesday, Om Prakash Vishwakarma’s brother Santosh and son came to complain about an allegedly inflated electricity bill worth Rs 1,038. Soon, they got involved in heated exchange with the bill counter clerk over the inflated bill.
The junior engineer Warathe, who was seated inside, asked the counter clerk to send the duo inside so that he could resolve the matter amicably.
Once inside the office, Santosh and his nephew had a verbal spat with the junior engineer Warathe, too. Suddenly, Santosh and his nephew turned violent and started beating up the junior engineer.
They continued to attack Warathe even as he fell on the ground and fainted, before other staff intervened. He was rushed to nearby Shaqir Ali Hospital, from where doctors referred him to Hamidia Hospital, where he was declared dead on arrival.
While being taken to the hospital, Warathe vomited blood. “We’re waiting for autopsy report to ascertain the cause of death,” said SP (Bhopal South) Anshuman Singh.
Both accused have been arrested and booked for murder, assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty and obscenity under different sections of IPC, Singh told HT.
Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan condoled the death of the junior engineer and announced that a member of the bereaved family will be given employment on compassionate ground.