Discom staff assault: Main accused held

Updated on Aug 25, 2012 12:28 AM IST

Two weeks after a team of discom staff was beaten up by five men in Nathupur village, the police arrested the main accused in the case.

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Hindustan Times | By, Gurgaon

Two weeks after a team of discom staff was beaten up by five men in Nathupur village, the police arrested the main accused in the case.

The police arrested Karamvir on Thursday near Sikandarpur Metro station. But he was released on bail on Friday. Two other accused — Dharmender and Ashok —have been arrested on August 8 and 15, respectively. The other two are yet to be arrested.

Karamvir and others have been booked for beating up the DHVBN junior engineers, Manmohan Singh and Suresh Kumar, on August 8.

Both the officers were part of an inspection team formed to check power theft and tempered meters.

The accused also destroyed their cameras, phones and reports that contained proof of electricity theft in the area.

Meanwhile, the employees of the power distribution company on Friday threatened to shut its several offices from next week, if the police fail to apprehend all the five persons booked in the case by August 27.

“If the police fail to arrest the accused, we will shut down our offices. Offices in Nuh division of Mewat district will be shut on August 28, while those in Sohna will be closed on August 29. Operations will be stopped at Manesar and Gurgaon offices on August 30 and September 3 respectively,” said Mukesh Bhayana, president, Haryana State Electricity Board (HSEB) workers' union, Gurgaon.

"Karamvir has been booked for rioting with deadly weapon, stopping a public servant from performing his duty, wrongful confinement of a person, theft and criminal intimidation. He was granted bail on Friday," said Jagdish Prasad, station house officer of DLF Phase-2.

On August 21, about 500 employees of DHBVN gathered at Gurgaon Circle to protest against the police. On Thursday, managing director of DHBVN Amit Agarwal also went to the police station to inquire about the progress. Agarwal was unavailable for comments.

The DHBVN generates a substantial part of revenue from southern Haryana. And, the highest number of power theft cases too.

According to DHBVN, power theft eats into about 40% of the total supply in Gurgaon.

Slum units have mushroomed in large numbers over the last decade around posh localities such as DLF City, Ardee City, Sushant Lok and Vatika City.

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