Ghaziabad, March 22 (IANS) Two motorcycle-borne criminals looted Rs.3.5 lakh from the power station in Loni in Ghaziabad district of Uttar Pradesh, a senior police officer said on Tuesday.
“A case has been registered by Loni police and investigation initiated. Other power stations have been advised to seek police help while collecting cash,” Superintendent of Police (rural) R.K. Pandey said.
Junior engineer Vinod Kumar Singh of the Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Limited on Tuesday lodged a police complaint that the criminals barged into the Loni power station on Monday evening while he was accepting payments against power bills at the cash counter and escaped with the collected money.
The police said the UPPCL has introduced online as well as cheque system for clearing power bills. However this system is yet to be introduced in rural areas. Hence, the bill payments were taken in cash from rural consumers.