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Beware! Cheats may strike as meter readers

Alert! Tricksters are moving about in the city as LESA men.They might outdo you with their confidence. Don?t get cornered. Just wait and enquire about their antecedents and inform the police. Recently, residents of Sector 18 Indira Nagar were deprived of cash by the so-called LESA men.

india Updated: Apr 14, 2006 00:18 IST

Alert! Tricksters are moving about in the city as LESA men.

They might outdo you with their confidence. Don’t get cornered. Just wait and enquire about their antecedents and inform the police.

Recently, residents of Sector 18 Indira Nagar were deprived of cash by the so-called LESA men.

“Our men have no business to enter the house. They are supposed to get the reading and leave the place. And if somebody tries to cheat residents in the guise of LESA men, the residents must lodge an FIR,” informs MD distribution UPPCL B B Singh.

Recently, a trickster entered into the house of Col (retired) Azizullah Ahrari in Indira Nagar in the guise of a bill collector from LESA. Col Ahrari says the person came to his house on a motorbike at about 4.45 pm and knocked the door. Col Ahrari’s wife responded the call. The man straightaway charged her with having overdue. But, when she insisted, he agreed to see the bills – which were duly paid and had no outstanding.

Till this time, Col Ahrari was unaware that some person had entered his house.

He came out and saw that person, wearing helmet (even after entering the house) was wearing helmet. The so-called LESA man charged the couple for paying less even while they were consuming more power. The person ‘interrogated’ apart from TV and refrigerator what else the electronic gadgets they were using. On being told that it was only the refrigerator that was in use, while others including the TV are mostly shut.

But the man tried to outwit Col Ahrari, and asked the latter to pay Rs 1240 in cash as the bill was more, and the couple was using additional power to the tune of 1 KW. Col Ahrari agreed to pay the overdue, but refused to give him the cash. The colonel insisted that he would pay the dues to LESA office but wouldn’t hand over the cash to him. Watching this, he took off his helmet and asked him whether he was an ex-Army man.

Col Ahrari replied in affirmative. The man then asked Col Ahrari to oblige him by getting defence canteen facility for buying a suitcase, but the latter refused to oblige. The man cut short the argument and left the place.