assault on a lineman by a Mescom bill defaulter; held

A Mescom lineman was charged with disconnecting the power supply of a consumer who had not paid electricity bills . Dundappa Somappa Jangappagola, 28, a junior lineman from Jainpura village, was accused of being assaulted by Rijesh of Ajakuri Mane in Dharmasthala .

Mangaluru: Late Thursday, a Mescom lineman was charged with disconnecting the power supply of a consumer who had not paid electricity bills.Dundappa Somappa Jangappagola, 28, a junior lineman from Jainpura village in Babaleshwara taluk in Vijayapura district, was accused of being assaulted by Rijesh of Ajakuri Mane in Dharmasthala.Umesh Ainapur, a Mescom lineman, had disconnected the electricity supply to the house of Kanthu Poojari of Muddige in Hathyadka village for not paying the electricity bill for five to six months.Umesh had disconnected the power supply as per his superiors' instructions.

Dundappa claims that he and his colleagues Umesh Ainapur, Anwar, Umesh B, and Ashok Rathod met at 9.12pm outside a store in Kokkada on Thursday.As they were talking, the accused Rijesh approached the area and inquired about Umesh.Later, the accused started smuggling accusations at Umesh, for disconnecting the power supply to his relatives' house.Umesh was gripped by his neck and threatened to assault him with a soda bottle, according to the man.

In the meantime, the accused assaulted Dundappa on his head from behind by using the soda bottle.If the power supply was interrupted again, the accused also threatened to murder him.Dundappa, who suffered traumatic head injury, was admitted to the Belthangady Government Hospital.Rijesh was arrested and charged with criminal offense by Dharmasthala police on January 23 (assault or criminal charge to deter public servant from fulfilling his obligation), 504 (intentional insult with intent to enrage breach of the peace), 332 (voluntarily causing pain to discourage public servant from his duty) and 506 (punishment for criminal harassment).

In his lawsuit, the perpetrator alleged that he had been called from a stranger who introduced himself as the brother of his batchmate at Banaras Hindu University.According to the caller, he needed Rs 5 lakh for his brothers' surgery.The victim leaned on the caller and requested the OTP number for the transaction from his Panaji bank account, after which the money was taken out of his account.In this regard, a case has been filed.