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Power firm manager, 5 engineers sacked in dry Bihar for consuming liquor in office

The area manager and five junior engineers of an electricity distribution company were found partying at a power sub-station in Muzaffarpur district.

india Updated: Apr 21, 2017 16:18 IST
Ajay Kumar
The arrested junior engineers of a power distribution firm at a Muzaffarpur court.
The arrested junior engineers of a power distribution firm at a Muzaffarpur court. (HT photo)

Six employees — an area manager and five junior engineers (JEs) — of a private power distribution company were sacked for consuming liquor on office premises in Muzaffarpur district, 71 km north of Patna.

Police said a group of people, who had gone to a sub-station to lodge a complaint of power tripping, found the employees of Essel Vidyut Vitaran Pvt Ltd, consuming liquor while partying at the Miscot power sub-station (PSS) in Muzaffarpur on Wednesday. The residents immediately informed the police, which reached there and arrested four junior engineers. Two others, the company’s area manager, Diwakar, and another JE, escaped after giving police the slip.

Ajay Pandey, an employee of Ashutosh Enterprises, a sub-contractor hired by the Essel Vidyut Vitaran Pvt Ltd to lay cables in the town, had arranged the party, the police said. He was also absconding.

Bihar went in for total prohibition on April 5, 2016. The Bihar Prohibition and Excise Act, 2016, which came into force on October 2 last year, provides for arrest of all adults in case of recovery of liquor bottle from a premises and collective fine in case of habitual violation of prohibition.

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Essel Vidyut Vitaran Pvt Ltd public relation officer (PRO) Rajesh Kumar Chaudhury said the company had taken a strong note of the incident and promptly sacked all the six erring employees. “We have taken immediate action against them and are taking steps to ensure that such incidents do not recur,” he said.

The company had also terminated the services of Ashutosh Enterprises.

The JEs arrested were identified as Anis Ahmad, Mohammad Iqubal, Deepak Shukla and Santosh Kumar. They were produced before the court of chief judicial magistrate on Thursday and remanded to judicial custody.

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While Ahmad and Iqubal were deputed at Maripur and Bela power sub stations, respectively, Shukla was posted at Gobarsahi and Kumar at Sikandarpur.

Setting aside all the allegations, Shukla said they had been framed in the case. “Pandey had called us to Miscot power sub-station for a meeting. When we reached there some local people caught us before we could understand anything,” he said.

The Essel Vidyut Vitaran Pvt Ltd has been tasked with supplying electricity to Muzaffarpur since 2012.