2 Firs In Village Row, Power Officials Booked In One | Noida News

Greater Noida: A group of 10 officials of the power department has been booked for allegedly molesting a woman, thrashing and using casteist remarks against residents of Dankaur during an enforcement drive on Monday night, police said.
The Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Limited (UPPCL), however, denied the charges against its officials, and filed a counter FIR against the villagers for allegedly obstructing government work.
According to the complaint, around 10 UPPCL officials—including a junior engineer—were carrying out a drive around 9pm at a village in Dankaur to check for illegal use of electricity.
The complainant, an 30-year-old woman who lives in the village, said on Tuesday she was taking a bath when she heard a knock on the door of her house. As it was taking her a little longer to get to the door, the officials allegedly started looking inside through the peep-hole and kept flaring the torch-light.
“In no time they barged into my house. I was not fully dressed. Then they started using caste-based slurs for me. After I raised an alarm, people from my locality started to gather outside my house. I also got to know from my neighbours that some women had been sleeping outside their houses, and the officials harassed them by using the torch’s light on their face and using similar words for them,” she alleged.
The complainant, also said it appeared that the officials were inebriated at the time. She said the officials thrashed other villagers after being asked why they were carrying out a drive that late in the night.
“They even tried to drag a resident along with them and tore his clothes. We had to save him,” the woman alleged.
The officials have been booked under sections 147 (punishment for rioting), 148 (rioting), 149 (unlawful assembly with common object), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 354 (assault of criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 504 and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code along with relevant provisions of the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989.
Dankaur SHO Radha Raman Singh said police have also received a video that apparently shows the UPPCL officials thrashing a man.
“The villagers had staged a protest as well on Monday night after the incident… Further investigation in the case is underway. Arrests would be made after that,” Singh said.
When asked, a UPPCL official who wished to remain anonymous told TOI that the officials were carrying out a routine drive.
“The allegations by the residents are false. Rather it was the villagers who had misbehaved and didn’t let the officials do their work. We have given a complaint in this regard and an FIR has also been registered for the same,” the official said.
SHO Singh confirmed that a counter FIR had been filed against 8-10 unidentified residents of the village.
Police sources said they have requested the electricity department several times to carry out such enforcement drives along with a police team. “Such incidents can be avoided and if the situation arises as well at the spot, our team would be there to handle the law and order situation, but they never inform us,” an officer said.

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