A woman engineer of Baligaon subdivision, Mausumi Saikia has been assaulted and injured by a villager at Chengeliati in upper Assam’s Jorhat district.
A case of assault has been registered in the Pulibor Police Station.
Sources said the victim was conducting a drive to disconnect power from households that had defaulted in electricity bill payments in Chengeliati on Thursday evening.
The engineer during her inspection spotted a house, which was illegally drawing power from an electric cable nearby.
According to police, when the engineer instructed the line-man, Prasanta Bharali to disconnect the illegally drawn wire, both were heckled and assaulted by Mithu Saikia, son of the house owner Gobind Saikia.
According to the victim, the accused’s wife had also come out with a machete (dao) to assist her husband.
Police said that the engineer and linesman sustained injuries in the ensuing scuffle and were forced to return without disconnecting the illegal power connection.
“A case has been registered at Pulibor police station against the person. We are conducting a search operation to nab him,” said a police officer.