Patna: A man in Bihar was beaten, tonsured and paraded through the streets after he was found frequently cutting power supply to a village to meet his girlfriend under the cover of darkness.
Witnesses said the residents of Ganeshpur village in eastern Bihar’s Purnia district reacted after facing frequent power cuts for two to three hours at a particular time in the evening, while the neighbouring villages remained illuminated.
On investigating, they were surprised to find that a local electrician posted with the electricity department was the cause of this power crisis.
The villagers found that the electrician had been cutting power supply in the evening so he could meet his girlfriend under the cover of darkness. Power supply would be restored only after he left the village.
Worried villagers soon chalked out a plan to catch the accused red-handed. The next time power went off, a group of villagers rushed to a government school located on the village’s outskirts and caught the couple.
Witnesses said the electrician was beaten up before being tonsured and paraded through the streets as punishment. The man told the villagers that he would cut the power supply whenever he wished to meet his girlfriend.
The villagers then got him married to the girl.
“The man was married to the girl in the presence of the Sarpanch and other village council officials,” villager Marar Ram Murmu told the local media on Thursday.
The police said they had not received any complaint so far. “We have come to know about the incident but will act once we receive a complaint,” local police station in-charge Vikas Kumar Azad told the media.