Medak: In a shocking incident, Alladurg police, on Saturday, arrested five members of Muslapur village for tying a bill collector and senior assistant of the electricity department to a pillar enraged over the high electricity bills. The villagers kept both the officials tied for nearly 45 minutes and asked them the reasons for the frequent power cut and voltage fluctuations, apart from the reason for the rise in the bills.
On information, the police rushed to the village and rescued both the officials.
“Both the electricity department employees were collecting monthly bill when this happened. When the people came to know that the bill collector and the senior assistant were in the village, without any discussion, they confined the duo at the panchayat office and demanded answers for the frequent power cuts and voltage problem. They said that they would not release them until their questions were answered. However, the police intervened and managed to bring the situation back to normal. The police arrested five persons on charges of assault on government officials,” SI Mohan Reddy told NewsMeter.
The villagers were angry over the frequent power cuts and careless behaviour of the officials even after frequent complaints regarding the issue. They also complained about the recent short circuits in the village which burnt electronic gadgets in many households.
During the heated argument with the bill collector and senior assistant, the villagers said that they were not satisfied by the assistant supervisor's explanation. Finally, the villagers calmed down only after the AD of the electricity department reached the village and promised to look into their problems.