Not paying tea bills worth nearly Rs 1 lakh is going to cost police officers posted at the Delhi-Gurgaon border toll plaza dearly.
Tea vendor Sunder and his wife Meera Matho have filed a complaint with the Gurgaon deputy commissioner of police (DCP), saying that a number of officials stationed at the nearby makeshift police post had not paid tea bills over the past five years.
A major reason is that officers keep getting transferred to other cities and they never bother to clear Matho's pending dues.
DCP Surinder Pal has ordered the officers concerned to pay the tea vendor double his money. They will have to clear their bills and also pay a penalty amount.
The couple approached the DCP last week and sought his help.
"We have not been able to save a single penny since we came to Gurgaon from Bihar in 2007. Despite begging for our money, none of the policemen paid us. Officials keep getting transferred and we don't see them again," Meera said.
Sunder added, "It is getting difficult to make ends meet. The policemen come to our stall every day and have tea and biscuits but never pay. When we ask for our money, they abuse and threaten us. They say they will close our shop and put us behind bars."
The DCP said, "I am looking into this case. The guilty will be punished and the couple will get their money back with the penalty."
Pal has summoned all the Haryana Police personnel who have been deployed at the toll plaza in the past five years. The tea vendor has recognised them and footed the bills.