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LAHORE: On the 47th day of the grand anti-power theft operation, the Lahore Electric Supply Company (LESCO) got arrested 36 electricity thieves by the police and detected pilferage on 250 connections in all five districts (Lahore, Sheikhupura, Nankana Sahib, Kasur and Okara).

According to the spokesman, FIR applications against 247 electricity thieves have been submitted in the respective police stations, out of which 163 FIRs have been registered while 36 accused have been arrested.

Among detected connections were one industrial, two agricultural, 12 commercial and 235 domestic categories and supply to all of them have been disconnected, he said, asserting that all the electricity pilferers have also been charged a total of 305,051 detection units worth Rs14.408 million.

Sharing further details, the spokesman said that 10,090 units worth Rs504,500 were charged as a detection bill to a connection in an area along Eastern Bypass Gujjarpura; detection bill amounting to Rs1.509 million against 22,241 units to owner of Family Inn hotel pilfering electricity; Rs300,300 detection bill against 1,740 units to another power pilferer in Ram Kot area of Raiwind city; and Rs 00,000 detection bill against 5,825 units to a customer in Gawal Mandi area of Anarkali Sub-Division.

The spokesman mentioned that during 47 days of anti-power theft operations, the LESCO detected pilferage on 20,911 connections and submitted 20,699 FIR applications out of which 19,948 FIRs have been registered against power pilferers, while 6,942 accused have been arrested. He added that all the electricity pilferers have so far been charged an accumulative bill of Rs1,808,715,646 against 41,586,255 detection units.

It should be noted that operations against electricity thieves are being conducted as per the instructions of the Ministry of Energy (Power Division) and the LESCO Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Engineer Shahid Haider is personally supervising these operations.

Engineer Shahid Haider vowed that indiscriminate operations would continue till the complete end of electricity theft. During the operation, the electricity thieves as well as the LESCO officers and employees who patronize them are also being brought to justice.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2023

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