UP power official shot dead over outage near Dadri
An FIR was registered at Badalpur police station against the suspect, who faces charges of murder, assault on a public servant, and criminal intimidation. He will also be charged under the stringent National Security Act.Updated: Apr 22, 2018 07:52 IST
A 55-year-old electricity substation officer was shot dead on Friday morning allegedly by a man after an argument over a power cut in the Dhoom Manikpur area, police said.
According to police officers, Satveer Singh Tomar cut the power supply in the rural areas of Greater Noida because of a storm blowing on Thursday.
The accused, 32-year-old Neetu, rang up the electricity substation officer and demanded restoration of supply, superintendent of police (rural) Suniti said.
“Tomar explained to Neetu why power was cut, but he was not convinced and went to the substation on a motorcycle along with a friend. There he got into a heated argument with Tomar, before shooting him in his office,” she said.
According to Tomar’s family in Lakhan village of Hapur district, he was working on contract at the substation for the past two years after retiring from the military.
“Our family is in a state of shock. We want the accused to be punished,” said nephew Sunil Tomar.
The accused, a resident of Badhpura village, was arrested on Saturday. Police suspect he was drunk.
“From the information we gathered so far it seems Neetu may have been under the influence of alcohol. However, we will know more once investigation is carried out. We are interrogating him to know the motive,” Suniti said.
According to Mukesh Kumar, the station house officer of Badalpur police station, Neetu was arrested in a forest near Roza railway yard and the firearm used in the murder was found on him.
An FIR was registered at Badalpur police station against the suspect, who faces charges of murder, assault on a public servant, and criminal intimidation. He will presented before a magistrate.
The murder triggered outrage and workers at the substation cut power supply for a few hours on Friday in protest, police said.
The administration declared a compensation of Rs 5 lakh to the family.
“In addition the Uttar Pradesh government will give a contractual job to a family member of the deceased,” district magistrate BN Singh said.
Also, he said the authorities will slap charges under the stringent national security act (NSA) on the accused. “The NSA is enforced after an arrest as a preventive action in the death of a public servant because public order has been disrupted,” he explained.
First Published: Apr 21, 2018 23:35 IST