A 37-year-old Assam Rifles jawan climbed to the top of a high-tension electricity tower near the Sarai Kale Khan inter-state bus terminal on Sunday, leaving fire officials and police officers sweating for almost seven hours.
The jawan, Vikas Chandra Borai, climbed the electricity tower, which is more than 100ft tall, around noon and apparently wanted his message to be heard by Union home minister Sushilkumar Shinde and defence minister AK Antony. With the national flag, his cell phone and a bottle of water in his hand, Borai ascended the tower, demanding that the pay scale of Assam Rifle jawans be made on a par with that of Indian Army personnel.
Borai, a native of Uttarakhand and currently posted in Shillong, got down from the electricity tower around 7pm after senior Delhi Police officers and officials from Assam Rifles assured him that justice would be done.
The drama began when the guard of a DDA park, located in front of the bus terminal, made a call to the police saying that a man was climbing the electricity tower that transmits high-voltage electricity.
The electricity supply in the tower was immediately shut down, and a team of the Sarai Kale Khan police post, led by sub-inspector Rajesh Kumar rushed to the spot.
“The team tried to convince the man to come down. But when he continued climbing and reached top of the tower, the rescue team of the fire department was called in. The fire officials tried to bring him down using their hydraulic crane, but soon dropped their plan when the man threatened to jump,” said a police officer, adding that traffic in the area slowed down as people stopped their vehicles to watch the drama.
After two hours of negotiations with senior Assam Rifles officials, Borai was convinced to get down from the tower. He told the police that he was a constable since 17 years. After preliminary inquiry, Borai was allowed to go home. “He was depressed and was unhappy with his department,” added the officer.