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5Gs fallout: Gescom staffer thrashed in Koppal

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Koppal: In a 5 Guarantees (5Gs) fallout, an employee of Gulbarga Electricity Supply Company (Gescom) was thrashed by a man at Kukanapalli village in Koppal district on Tuesday.

R Manjunatha, the bill collector, was beaten up by one Chandrasekhar Hiremath when he asked him to foot the pending bills amounting to Rs 9,000.

Chandrasekhar also tried to thrash another Gescom employee, who was recording the incident on his cellphone.

According to eyewitnesses, Chandrasekhar was telling the Gescom officials that he would pay the pending bills only after the incumbent Congress government implements its one of the 5Gs of providing 200 units of free electricity.

Many such incidents have been reported in the media where people in some parts of the state refused to pay electricity bills, and abused bill collectors.

Videos of bill collectors being harassed by the consumers in several parts of the state have gone viral on social media. People also are posting messages urging people not to pay their electricity bills in the wake of Congress government’s guarantee of providing 200 units of free electricity.

Because of the harassment being faced by the consumers, Gescom officials in Ballari and Koppal divisions have gone on leave, a Gescom staffer said.

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