A contract employee of the state electricity board, Jharkhand Bijli Vitran Nigam Limited (JBVNL), snapped the electricity connection of a police station a few hours after he was fined for a traffic offence on Wednesday evening in Simdega district of Jharkhand.
Binod Pradhan was caught by Kolebira police station cops on Wednesday when he was riding a bike without a helmet. During the checking, the 27-year-old was also found not possessing a driving license and was fined a hefty amount of Rs 6,000 under various sections of the Motor Vehicle Inspection Act.
The infuriated electrician, who is a daily wager with state electricity board, allegedly cut off the power lines of Kolebira police station around 5pm to take a revenge after finding that the police station had pending electricity bills of more than Rs 1 lakh.
Power was restored after hectic parleying by the police officials with the electricity department officials.
Junior engineer of JBVNL Raghavendra Prasad stood by the daily wager. “The police should have shown some humanity. He is a daily wager whose monthly salary is hardly Rs 8,000. How can he arrange to pay a fine of Rs 6,000? The electricity connection was snapped as the police station had failed to clear the outstanding dues of nearly Rs 1.5 lakh. We restored the connection at 9pm,” said Prasad.
The junior engineer however admitted that no prior notices had been given to the police station officials over the pending dues of electricity bills. Meanwhile, Kolebira Police Station lodged cases against Binod Pradhan and the junior engineer Raghavendra Prasad under sections 353, 506 and 34 of the IPC.
“We have lodged a case against both under various sections of IPC. However we are yet to arrest either of them,” said Rameshwar Bhagat, officer in charge of the police station.