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Hostage crisis of power utility employees ends

Press Trust of India  |  Patna/Aurangabad 

The three-day-long hostage crisis involving employees of the (BRBCL) and their family members in Bihar's has come to an end, officials said.

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

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

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

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

When contacted, said, "An agreement has been reached between villagers and the BRBCL management, under which power supply to the villages will be restored until SBPDCL gives connection to villagers."

Vishwanath Chandan, Public Relations Manager, told PTI, "The BRBCL management has taken the decision on humanitarian grounds. The issue will be permanently settled with the help of local administration in a time-bound manner."

The decision has been taken keeping in mind the larger interest of everyone, he said.

A senior official, requesting anonymity, said BRBCL was "under pressure" to supply power to villages, and SBPDCL has given an assurance that it would settle the issue permanently within a month on a priority basis.

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

BRBCL sources have alleged that villagers used to pilfer 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: Wed, September 12 2018. 11:10 IST