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Farmer attacks power technician, takes him home to fix power supply disconnected after rain

An FIR in this case was registered by Praveen Mabhukar Jambhulkar (44), who is a senior technician with the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd (MSEDCL).

By: Express News Service | Pune |
Updated: July 27, 2021 8:46:31 pm
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A 40-year-old farmer was arrested in Maval for allegedly assaulting an MSEDCL technician and forcing him to come to his house under duress to fix the power supply that was disrupted due to the rain.

An FIR in this case was registered by Praveen Mabhukar Jambhulkar (44), who is a senior technician with the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd (MSEDCL). The incident took place on July 24 at 3 pm when Jambhulkar was going to Ambi village in Maval taluka on his two-wheeler to check the status of a power transformer.

The FIR states that the accused, Prakash Darekar (40), a farmer from Ambi village, blocked Jambhulkar’s way. Darekar then assaulted Jambhulkar with a stick, injuring his hand, police said.

Sub-inspector Kondiba Walkoli said, “After hitting Jambhulkar on the hand, Darekar forced him to sit on his bike and took him home under duress. Darekar then forced Jambhulkar fix the power supply there, which was disconnected for some time following heavy rains in the area. Jambulkar fixed the disrupted supply under duress. We now know that supply to Darekar’s house, which is isolated from the nearby residential locality, was cut for at least three days before the incident.”

Walkoli added, “The complainant approached us a day after the incident and the FIR was registered on Monday. We have charged Darekar under Indian Penal Code sections pertaining to assault on a public servant, wrongful restraint, kidnapping and physical assault. Darekar was placed under arrest on Tuesday morning.”

Darekar was produced before a magistrate court in Vadgaon Maval and remanded to police custody till July 29.

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