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Police initiate stepsto arrest UHBVN staff

punjab Updated: Jan 23, 2014 18:07 IST
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Aimed at curbing cases of sabotaging electricity supply lines, the Karnal police on Wednesday started raiding houses of accused employees of Uttar Haryana Bijli Nigam (UHBVN).

Information released to the press by the district administration on Thursday evening, said that total 10 first information reports (FIRs) had been registered against the protesting technicians, who were suspected to be behind the disruption of electricity supply in the district.

"Houses of the accused were searched by the police but they were not found. Now, the police have decided to approach the local court to issue arrest warrant against the accused. Also, a recommendation of a strict departmental action will be sent by the district administration," the release said.

Cases have been registered under the Public Property Damage Act, Electricity Act and Essential Commodities Act.

Meanwhile, power and water supply in certain areas of the district were hit on the third day of the strike on Thursday by various government departments.

Superintendent engineer, UHBVN, Karnal, TK Mahajan said that no case of sabotage of power supply lines by the protesting employees was reported on Thursday.

"Owing to downpour on Wednesday night, there were mostly individual complaints. With the help of limited staff, we have managed to maintain the supply in all areas and power supply was almost normal on Thursday," Mahajan said.

Meanwhile, residents of ward no 2 of Ghraunda town, near here, allegedly manhandled a jawan of home guard posted at a powerhouse on Thursday morning.

Villagers were agitated over the electricity breakdown in their area since Tuesday evening.
Due to the non-supply of electricity, water supply was also adversely affected. Meanwhile, officials concerned assured the villagers of taking timely action.

The superintendent engineer said that the UHBVN had started the process to appoint technical staff. "I have got nearly 500 applications that these have been forwarded to UHBVN headquarter at Panchkula for further action. I could not attend my office on Thursday as a mob kept waiting there to ensure that no new job aspirant is interviewed there," Mahajan said.