Discom staff checking for electricity theft assaulted by BJP worker in Gurgaon

  • Rashpal Singh, Hindustan Times, Gurgaon
  • Updated: Aug 11, 2016 20:22 IST
Haryana State Electricity Board Workers’ Union also staged a protest over the issue on Thursday. Officials said police acted on the incidence of electricity theft and assault, but left out the complaint against MLA’s brother Hitesh. (Abhinav Saha/HT)

Power discom employees, who went to check for electricity theft in the house of a Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) worker in Rajiv Nagar of old Gurgaon on Thursday, were assaulted and had to run for their lives.

The officials went to a police post for help, but the brother of local MLA Umesh Aggarwal reached the spot and allegedly threatened officials and asked them “to be within their limits”.

The police booked two persons on charges of electricity theft and disrupting government service.

House owner Ishwar Singh ‘Fauji’ was arrested but the police did not initiate any action against MLA Umesh Aggarwal’s brother Hitesh who allegedly threatened the employees.

Police said junior engineer Mahender Singh of the Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) along with his staff went on Thursday morning to check electricity theft in Ishwar’s three-storey house in Rajiv Nagar.

“Ishwar has been drawing electricity directly from the electric pole by fixing two wires. He installed sub-meters for his tenants but there was no main meter. We clicked pictures and videographed the spot,” Mahender said from civil hospital where he is being treated for his injuries.

Discom officials said BJP worker Ishwar Singh was drawing electricity directly from the electric pole by fixing two wires to it. (HT Photo)

He alleged that Ishwar asked him to talk to some politician over the phone and he refused. “When I began documenting the theft,Ishwar snatched the document, tore it, assaulted us and chased us out of the house,” Mahender said. Foreman Vijay Kumar was also thrashed.

The discom employees called the police control room and reached the police chowki in Sector 14.

Hitesh also reached the police chowki and allegedly threatened the employees. “He (Hitesh) asked MLA’s personal assistant to note down names of the discom employees and threatened that he will not let them work in Gurgaon,” Vijay alleged.

The employees gave a written complaint against electricity theft, assault on staff and intimidation by Hitesh. The police acted on the incidence of electricity theft and assault but left out the complaint against Hitesh, the officials claimed.

“Police are shielding the MLA’s brother who threatened us in front of policemen. Discom employees are afraid to act in electricity theft cases as people often attack them and go scot free,” said Mukesh Bhayana, circle secretary of Haryana State Electricity Board Workers’ Union.

The union members staged a sit-in at the Circle office on Mehrauli road.

Inspector Bijender Singh, SHO, Civil Lines police station, said no case was made out against others as they had come just in support of Ishwar.

Defending his brother, MLA Aggarwal said it was the electricity union employees who assaulted Ishwar at the police post. “We support the discom staff acting against electricity theft but we will not tolerate their goondagardi (hooliganism). They attacked our party worker (Ishwar) at the police post after which my brother intervened,” Aggarwal said.

Inspector Singh said no assault took place at the police post and it was only “an altercation”.

DHBVN Superintending engineer (operations) Sanjeev Chopra said the staff would keep working with dedication and will not be bow to such threats.

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