Patna: It can happen only in Bihar. Even the dead are said to be stealing electricity and they have been accused of it.
During a special drive against power thefts, electricity department officials lodged a police complaint against Singhasan Choudhary and Ram Nagina Singh of Parari village in Rohtas district for stealing electricity last month.
A police team that visited the village was stunned when villagers told it that both Choudhary and Singh had died long back.
“While inquiring into a power theft case, we found two dead people were made accused in the case,” police official Abhinandan Kumar Singh said.
According to police officials, the case was lodged on the basis of a statement by the electricity department’s junior engineer Ajay Kumar Singh last month.
Police officials were given copies of death certificates issued by the village panchayat. The certificates said Choudhary died in 2000 and Singh breathed his last in 2004.
“Ajay, in a written complaint, submitted to the police, said he had visited the village along with four other employees and found Choudhary and Singh were consuming power without any authorised power connection,” police said. In view of rampant power thefts, the state government constituted a Special Task Force and vigilance squads for special drive to check it.
BSF defuses 20kg explosive device in Odisha
New Delhi: Border Security Force personnel found and defused a 20kg improvised explosive (IED) device in Odisha’s Maoist-affected Koraput district, an official release said here yesterday.
Troops of the BSF’s 28 Bn deployed in Koraput on anti-Maoist operations carried out a special search operation based on inputs about presence of an explosive device. The troopers detected an unusual sound through the metal detector in Koraput. On digging, they noticed one 20-kg IED with an electric wire, the release said.