Cops ‘thrash’ JE, PSPCL fines station for ‘power theft’ - ECAS Punjab

Cops ‘thrash’ JE, PSPCL fines station for ‘power theft’

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Tribune News Service

Barnala, August 22

After local cops allegedly thrashed a junior engineer (JE) of the PSPCL in front of his family, a team of the power corporation raided the Barnala City-1 police station after "detecting power theft" and imposed a fine of Rs 2 lakh.

Junior Engineer Jagdeep Singh said he was going home in his car when a policeman, riding a bike, hit his vehicle from behind on August 19 evening. "When I asked him about it, he called other cops and they took me to the police station where they slapped me repeatedly and hurled abuses at me in front of my family. They also took Rs 5,000 before releasing me after a few hours," he alleged.

On August 20, he brought the matter to the notice of his seniors. On August 21, when he and other officials went to the local police station to lodge a complaint, they saw cops allegedly drawing power illegally through a kundi connection. Later, a local team of the PSPCL raided the police station and imposed fine.

Vikas Singla, Sub-Divisional Officer, Barnala, PSPCL, said, "We have detected power theft as cops were running air conditioners illegally despite having a regular electricity connection. Though the final amount will be calculated on Monday evening, preliminary inquiry points to a power theft worth Rs 2 lakh."

Gurpreet Singh, Barnala district president of the Junior Engineers' Council, said, "We have called a district-level meeting on Monday to announce our future course of action."

When contacted, Barnala City-1 SHO Kamaljit Singh Gill confirmed that the police had received a complaint from JE Jagdeep Singh. He said an investigation was being conducted. "There was no power theft as we have a regular electricity connection. Our cops have not taken any money from the JE and our investigation is going on," the SHO added.

Rs 2 lakh penalty

  • A JE says a cop rammed his bike into his car and later thrashed him at Barnala police station
  • Later, electricity staff detected 'power theft' at the police station and imposed a fine of Rs2 lakh
  • SHO rubbishes power theft claim, says a probe into JE's charges underway


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