Rawalpindi: 5 power thieves arrested
RAWALPINDI: A team of the Islamabad Electric Supply Company (Iesco), accompanied by Assistant Commissioner (Rawalpindi) Zahid Sohail, conducted raids in Sagri on the outskirts of the city and registered FIRs with Rawat Police Station against five electricity thieves.
The FIR was registered against Amjad Ali (Meter No. 135310), Muhammad Zaman (Meter No. 307894), Pervez Akhtar (Meter No. 707590), Khan Zaman (Meter No. 66622) and Muhammad Azeem (Meter No. 15804) for pilfering electricity through ‘kunda’ (hook). They were later arrested by the Rawat Police.
In an order through a notification from Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, the city district government, Rawalpindi, would launch an operation against electricity and gas thieves. The CM had ordered stern action to be taken against the people involved in energy theft. Shahbaz Sharif also ordered that electricity and gas thieves are criminals and they deserve no leniency. “Life of the people has become miserable due to such thieves, as they steel electricity and gas of millions of rupees and the people have to bear the loss.
But, unfortunately city district government, Rawalpindi, not obeying the orders of Punjab Chief Minister and showing lenient attitude towards electricity and gas thieves settled in posh areas of Rawalpindi city and cantonment board.
On the other hand, Iesco linemen involved in energy theft update their customers well in time.
A survey conducted by ‘The News’ majority of big fish particularly industrialists, shopkeepers, hotels, cinemas, petrol pumps, CNG pumps, residential areas of Westridge, Harley Street, Qasim Market and Scheme No–III were involved in energy theft. But, city district government, Rawalpindi, is not taking action against them. Influential people continuously use their power to stop action against them.
A key officer from city district government, Rawalpindi, on condition of anonymity said that they could not take action against powerful people although they are fully involved in energy theft. “We are totally helpless before the power of big bosses in this matter,” he claimed.
Assistant Commissioner (AC), Rawalpindi Zahid Sohail told ‘The News’ that they are taking action without discrimination. “We would continue action till rooting out the menace of energy theft,” he claimed. He appealed public to inform city district government, Rawalpindi, about any kind of energy or gas theft in their areas.