LAHORE, Nov 21 (APP): The Lahore Electric Supply Company (LESCO) has detected a total of 363 connections from where the customers were pilfering electricity in all its circles of five districts (Lahore, Sheikhupura, Nankana Sahib, Kasur and Okara) on the 74th day of grand anti-power theft campaign.
The LESCO spokesman told media here Tuesday that the company has also submitted FIR applications against 361 electricity thieves, out of which 234 FIRs have been registered in respective police stations, while 21 accused have been arrested.
Grand anti-power theft operations against electricity thieves are being conducted on the directives of the Federal Power Division and the LESCO Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Engineer Shahid Haider is supervising these operations.
The LESCO chief vowed that the operations would continue without discrimination until the complete end of electricity theft. The electricity pilferers as well as the LESCO officers and employees who facilitate them are also being brought to justice.
On the 74th consecutive day (Nov. 21) of the anti-power theft campaign, the spokesman added, large commercial consumers were also found involved in electricity theft and all of them were also disconnected and charged with detection units.
Among the seized connections 11 were commercial, 03 agricultural, 02 industrial and 347 domestic, and all these connections were disconnected and charged with a total of 402,088 units as detection bill amounting to Rs 15.864 million.
Apprising the media about some major power pilferers, he explained that LESCO charged Rs 300,000 detection bill against 5,000 units to an electricity pilferer in Johar Town Lahore; Rs 200,000 fine in the form of detection bill against 2,000 units to a customer stealing electricity in Shafi Park area of Ferozwala; Rs 198,750 detection bill against 2,215 units to another power thief in Manga Mandi; and Rs 185,000 detection bill to a power thief in Race Course area of Lahore.
During the 74 days of grand anti-theft campaign, the spokesman mentioned, the LESCO detected pilferage on 28,481 power connections and submitted 28,128 FIR applications against electricity thieves in the relevant police stations out of which 27,174 FIRs have been registered, while 13,144 accused have so far been arrested by the police. The LESCO has so far charged a total of 50,831,215 detection units worth Rs 2,069,014,694 to all the power pilferers.