Punjab MP abuses and threatens official with FIR power theft
Harminder Singh Gill, congressman for Patti’s assembly constituency in Tarn Taran, sparked yet another controversy after abusing and threatening a Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) Subdivision Officer (SDO) during a phone call for allegedly obtaining a registered electricity theft case in Tung Village.
The incident was revealed after an audio clip of the conversation between the two was shared on social media. The exact date of the conversation could not be confirmed, but it took place after the case was recorded on October 10.
While the SDO has remained incommunicado and made no complaints about the incident, the lawmaker posted a clarification on Facebook feeling sorry for his language, while blaming the official for allegedly recording and sharing the conversation.
Even last year, the MP’s alleged audio clip went viral on social media after allegedly threatening a station officer in his constituency for failing to give him a “courtesy call” after taking over the post. from police.
In this case, the audio begins with Patti SDO Sushil Kumar greeting the MP. The conversation quickly heats up when Gill points to the FIR, ignores the rationale provided by the official, and begins to abuse him. The congressman is also threatening to register police cases against Kumar in addition to having him transferred to a place “where he will not even find water to drink.”
The MLA and SDO did not respond to repeated phone calls for comment. However, Gill posted a clarification of the incident on his Facebook page, saying, “Public servants should serve people without any greed. The government of Punjab has waived pending electricity bills that are in crore, but some ministry officials have unnecessarily imposed fines … What does Patti SDO want to prove by making my audio go viral? “
A senior PSPCL official familiar with the development said the Patti subdivision suffered 70% losses due to power theft, the second highest in Punjab.
“On October 8, SDO and his team went to Tung village to inspect the installation of a new transformer. In the meantime, they discovered that two houses had installed “kundis” (illegal connections). When they removed these connections, the occupiers and a few farmers gherao the team and attempted to take them captive. The officials somehow managed to escape, ”said the official, who declined to be named.
Later, a case of theft of electricity was registered against Palwinder Singh and his brother Dawinder Singh, and a fine of around ??1 lakh was imposed on them.