Police have registered a case against a food department inspector and two officials of the water resources department for allegedly spilling lakhs of litres of water due to a mobile phone falling on the outskirts of a dam in Chhattisgarh's Kanker district. Police officials gave this information on Wednesday. Based on a complaint by naib tehsildar (revenue officer) of the area, a case has been registered against food inspector Rajesh Biswas, SDO of water resources department Ramlal Dhiwar and sub-engineer Chhotelal Dhruv of the department at Pakhanjur police station, kanker district police officials said.

Biswas allegedly drained out the water stored in the outer part of the dam and wasted it, he said. Police officials said a case has been registered against the three officials under Sections 430 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code. Vishwas and Dhiwar, posted in Pakhanjur, have already been suspended in connection with the case.

According to the FIR, the Naib Tehsildar in his complaint stated that Biswas (33) along with his friends had gone to visit the Paralkot reservoir in Khairkatta village on May 21. During this, his mobile fell into the water. Vishwas allegedly drained thousands of litres of water for four days to take out his mobile phone. Water is used in summer for the use of animals, birds and human life.

It said Dhiwar and Dhruv cooperated with Vishwas in wasting water, which led to wastage of water collected for agriculture and other activities. Biswas had allegedly drained 25 lakh litres of water from the outer part of the reservoir for four days before his mobile phone was removed on May 41, officials had said.

After the matter came to light the next day, Kanker District Collector Priyanka Shukla sought a report in this regard, following which the officer was suspended. The collector had also issued a show-cause notice to SDO Dhiwar for allegedly giving verbal permission to drain out water. SDO Dhiwar was suspended on Wednesday. Vishwas has been asked to pay a fine of Rs 53,092 to the department within <> days for extracting water without permission.

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