Two drug addicts, who duped a man of Rs 20,000, masquerading as vigilance officers attached to the power department, have been arrested.
The incident took place on Monday when Balbir Singh of Palwal district in Haryana and Akhlesh of Uttar Pradesh, armed with files, electric tester, etc, reached the house of one Daya Chand in Jeevan Nagar area under Mujesar police station.
Police said the duo, posing as vigilance officers of Haryana power department, started enquiring from Daya Chand about the sodium light installed in the lane in front of his house. Chand told them that the light had been installed by Municipal Corporation of Faridabad for the convenience of general public and he had nothing to do with it.
The accused told Chand that they had specifically come from Chandigarh to look into the complaint and other senior officers of power department were outside the house in a car.
When Chand pleaded innocence, they started filling up some forms and directed him to pay Rs 1.50 lakh as fine for power theft.
The duo then told him to pay Rs 35,000 out of which Chand paid Rs 20,000. They left saying they would return on Tuesday to collect the remaining money.
Chand’s neighbours told him that they must have been thugs as the light had nothing to do with their domestic power connection. When the addicts returned on Tuesday, Chand and his neighbours handed over to the police.
Both Balbir and Akhilesh were remanded by a local court in one-day police custody on Wednesday.