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3-day hostage crisis of power utility employees ends

Press Trust of India  |  Patna/Aurangabad 

The 3-day-long hostage crisis of employees of the (BRBCL) and their family members ended Tuesday evening in Bihar's Aurangabad, officials said.

The impasse was resolved during a meeting where it was decided that the BRBCL would supply power to the villages till the South Power Distribution Company Ltd (SBPDCL) provides connection to the villages.

Representatives of district administration, BRBCL and the villagers who held around 150 of its employees and their family members hostage demanding restoration of power in their villages, attended the meeting.

The 1,000-mw power plant located in is a joint venture between the and the railways.

"The deadlock has been resolved," told but refused to elaborate on the issue.

When contacted, said, "An agreement has been reached between the villagers and the BRBCL management under which power supply to the villagers will be restored and they will continue the power till South Power Distribution Company Ltd (SBPDCL) provides power connection to the villagers."

Besides Kumar, Nabinagar BDO, station SHO, BRBCL officials and 11 villagers attended the meeting.

"The BRBCL management has taken the decision on a humanitarian ground. The issue will be permanently settled with the help of local administration in a time-bound manner," Vishwanath Chandan, (public relations) told

The decision has been taken keeping in mind the larger interest of everyone -- BRBCL employees and their families and people of Surar and neighbouring villages, he said.

"The generated by the BRBCL is supplied to the railways and the government. Transmission and distribution of the generated power is not in our domain and we cannot supply power to any other entity," Chandan had said Monday.

Around 150 employees of BRBCL and their family members were held hostage in their own township since Sunday evening demanding illegal supply to their villages.

A senior official, wishing anonymity, said the BRBCL was under pressure to supply power to the villages and the SBPDCL assured the BRBCL that the former would settle the issue permanently in a month on a priority basis.

On Monday, the BRBCL management lodged an FIR stating the villagers pelted stones, burnt tyres at the main gate of the BRBCL township and cut supplies of essential commodities such as milk, vegetables and medicines by not allowing anyone either to enter or exit the township.

BRBCL sources have alleged that the villagers used to pilfer electricity generated by the utility from underground cables for over seven years, but it was snapped three days ago following a short circuit.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, September 11 2018. 23:25 IST