Thursday, January 21, 2010

Rs 50,000 electricity bill shocks man to death

RAJKOT: Crackdown against power theft proved fatal for a man who died of heart attack in Kalipat village near Rajkot on Tuesday after he was handed over a bill of Rs 50,000 by officials of Paschim Gujarat Vij Company Limited (PGVCL). According to police, the incident occurred during a drive carried out by a PGVCL team to detect illegal electricity connections. During the checking, Amu Jadav was found to have committed the power theft of Rs 50,000, following which PGVCL officials issued him the bill of the same amount on Monday. "Fearing impending legal action and possible arrest if he failed to pay the amount, which the officials had asked him to pay on the spot, Jadav suffered a heart attack. Jadav's relatives assured him they would arrange for the money and sent him home on Monday night. However, Jadav was found in an unconscious state at his house, and he was rushed to a hospital where he was declared dead on arrival," said assistant police inspector Pradyumansinh Parmar of Rajkot taluka police station. Meanwhile, Jadav's family staged a protest before the district collector and police, refusing to claim his body till the complaint was lodged against the concerned PGVCL officials. However, they were persuaded to take away the body by police and village leaders and the deceased was cremated. Jadav, a farmer, is survived by two sons and two daughters. Source: Sandesh
20 January 2010, 09:40pm IST

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