ENRAGED OVER severing of the power connection to his farm for non-payment of bills, the son of a former MLA stormed into the Madhya Pradesh State Electricity Board (MPSEB) sub-centre at Gandhi Nagar on Saturday afternoon, manhandled the staff and reportedly also fired a shot from a pistol.
Speaking to Hindustan Times, Hatod TI A S Raghuvanshi said that a report had been filed against Deepu Yadav, son of former MLA Ramlal Yadav alias Bhallu, his relative Kallu Yadav and 15 unidentified persons.
As per the complaint filed by MPSEB Additional Engineer Subrato Roy, the accused, along with his gang of marauders, descended upon the Gommatgiri sub-station at about 3.15 pm. The MLA’s son was angry over a linesman severing electricity supply by sealing the meter for recovering about Rs 42,000 in dues. They threatened the employees, slapped a clerk and allegedly fired from a pistol outside the sub station.
On learning that a complaint had been filed by the MPSEB with the Hatod police some Yadav kin arrived at about 11 pm at the Harijan police station located behind police control room in the City. Though the farmland located in village Palakheda over which the dispute occurred belonged to them, they made a servant serve as a front.
The Harijan police station officials contacted the Hatod police from where they learnt of the real matter and refused to register a case on the technical ground of the Yadavs belonging to the Other Backward Caste (OBC) category and not Schedule Caste/ Schedule Tribe (SC/ST), who come under the purview of the Harijan Act.
Hatod police confirmed that cases had been registered against the accused under several Sections of the IPC including 353, 147, 148, 149, 186, 332, 336, 294 and 506 for interrupting official work, misbehaving with government official on duty, ‘balwa’ and others, while a complaint under the Arms Act would be filed after their arrest. The accused have gone underground since the fracas.