Hyderabad: In many places where power cuts are frequent, the public would either complain to the helpline or give a representation while in some cases they would wait for hours and days for power to resume. However in this case, to teach a lesson for frequent power cuts, a bill collector and a senior assistant attached to the electricity transmission corporation were tied to a pole.

The incident happened in Alladurg village of Medak district in Telangana. The angry villagers' action has sent shockwaves across the power department.

Following the incident, Telangana Police, on July 18, arrested five villagers for reportedly tying two electricity department officials to a pillar.

It was reported that the villagers kept both the officials tied for nearly 45 minutes and demanded an explanation for not addressing their concerns with regard to frequent power cuts.

The bill collector and the senior assistant told villagers that the issue was not under their purview and that they would inform higher officials.

As they remained tied to a cement pole, an assistant engineer of Transmission Corporation of Telangana (Transco) and a sub-inspector of police reached the spot. The assistant engineer took the villagers into confidence and assured them that their issues would be addressed and resolved. Later, the villagers released the two persons.

"Both the electricity department employees were collecting monthly bills when this happened. When the people came to know that the bill collector and the senior assistant were in the village, without any discussion, they confined the duo at the panchayat office and demanded answers for the frequent power cuts and voltage problem.

“They said that they would not release them until their questions were answered. However, the police intervened and managed to bring the situation back to normal. The police arrested five persons on charges of assault on government officials," sub inspector Mohan Reddy was quoted as saying in the media.