Power supply continued to be badly hit in several parts of Haryana, on account of alleged sabotage by employees of power utilities at many places on the day two of the three-day strike by employees of various departments on Wednesday.
Till Wednesday evening, as many 35 criminal cases were registered across the state against persons, including power employees, suspected to be responsible for intentionally disrupting the supply of power in various districts.
According to reports from several districts, including Rohtak, Karnal, Jind, Kurkshetra, Hisar, Faridabad and Sirsa, power and drinking water supplies were hit even as there were instances in which employees were allegedly found sabotaging the supply of electricity.
Many of these FIRs were against the employees of power utilities who were found guilty of disrupting the supply intentionally, an official release said and added that six cases were registered in Karnal against unidentified employees.
However, in Kurukshtetra, the department lodged cases against its own junior engineer Surender, assistant foreman Bhagawan Singh and sub-station attendant (SSA) Anil. Cases against Balwant, Ravinder and Krishan Lal, who are employees of the distribution companies, had also been registered.
In Kaithal, two FIRs were registered and an assistant lineman Bhim Singh was arrested, the release said. In Hisar, junior engineer Bhupender was arrested and two FIRs were registered against unidentified persons.
Acting tough against officials in Jind, five cases were registered and an assistant foreman Satpal, lineman Mahender, assistant linemen Rakesh Pardhan, Ravinder and Pankaj Bhatia had been arrested.
In Rohtak, nine case were registered and police were on the lookout for the accused, who were yet to be identified.
In Faridabad, assistant foremen Rahul, Parmod and Anil were arrested. In Panchkula, three criminal cases, including two against power employees, were registered for disrupting power supply.
Stating that all out efforts of the power utilities were on to restore power supply, an official spokesman of the power utilities said that those with two years' ITI course in electrician/ electronics/wireman trade or two years vocational course under the trade lineman or electrician should contact the superintending engineer concerned as there could be requirement of additional manpower for maintaining the regular power supply all over the state.
DMs, cops told to patrol
Chief secretary SC Choudhary has directed all district magistrates and police officers in the state to carry out regular night patrolling at sensitive points in their respective areas to prevent sabotage of public utilities and services. Choudhary said that all the divisional commissioners, district magistrates, commissioners of police, inspector generals of police and superintendents of police would carry out night patrolling in their respective areas to avoid sabotage of public utilities and services.
They were also asked to send a district wise report to him in this regard on January 23, 2014 by 9.30 am. Choudhary said that the report should mention the installations and places visited along with their time of visit. He said that if necessary, based on the feedback from power and public health engineering departments, preventive detentions should also be made.