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PSEB staff manhandle farmer to death
Tribune News Service

Bathinda, November 4
A farmer of Jangirana village died after he was reportedly manhandled by some Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) employees while they were carrying out raids in the village today.

According to sources, 55-year-old Buta Singh, the deceased, had his farm and residence on the outskirts of the village. Around 1 pm, he spotted five men riding three bikes approach him.

Buta Singh reportedly had enmity with a group over some murder case and mistook the five men, who were part of the PSEB raiding team, for members of the rival group.

Taken over by panic, he tried to stop the PSEB staff from entering his house.

The staff apparently mistook it as an attempt on part of the farmer to prevent the detection of power theft and entered into an altercation with the farmer.

During the altercation, Buta Singh was allegedly manhandled and he took a fall. He suffered a head injury and died.

The police has registered a case against five PSEB employees under Section 304 of the IPC. The victimís body has been sent for a post-mortem examination.

The BKU said they would not cremate the victimís body until the men involved in the incident were arrested.

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