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Villagers resist Lesco team, obstruct official duty

By Our Correspondent
October 23, 2023
A Pakistani employee of the state-run Islamabad Electric Supply Company (IESCO), takes a meter reading with his smartphone at a commercial building in Islamabad. — AFP
A Pakistani employee of the state-run Islamabad Electric Supply Company (IESCO), takes a meter reading with his smartphone at a commercial building in Islamabad. — AFP

LAHORE: Lahore Electric Supply Company (Lesco) has detected a large-scale electricity theft in Manuwal village of Shahpur Sub-division but the villagers ganged up against Lesco team and obstruct them to perform their official duty.

The Lesco teams also detected power pilferages at five houses in Chak 65 of Manga Mandi; at a plaza on Ferozepur Road; at a pipe factory and four flats in Amin Park Sub-Division.

Lesco spokesman told media here Sunday that an inspection team conducted a raid in Manuwal village of Shahpur Sub-division and found that there were 25 houses in the area, most of which were stealing electricity directly from the light transmission line through illegal hooking.

The team also tried to check other areas of the village but all the villagers ganged up which turned into a mob and obstructed the Lesco team’s official duty.

Later, the team decided to remove the relevant transformer but it faced fierce resistance from the villagers. After this situation, the Lesco authorities stopped the power supply to the transformer.

He added that Manga Mandi Sub-Division’s team conducted search operation in village Chak 65 late last night and checked around 65 houses out of which five were stealing electricity by hooking on the direct supply of Lesco.

The Lesco line staff disconnected their power supply and got five accused arrested by the area police. Similarly, an electrician was caught red-handed stealing electricity in Green Plaza located on Ferozepur Road in Kot Lakhpat Sub-Division.

The accused Ali Raza was arrested on the spot and an FIR has been registered. The spokesman further disclosed that management of a pipe factory was found stealing electricity by hooking up the transmission line in Amin Park Sub-Division. An FIR application against the factory management has been submitted to the concerned police station.

SDO among three officials suspended after a lineman’s death Lesco high-ups suspended three officials including an SDO after the death of a lineman working on a transformer in Dholanwal Sub-Division.

The company’s spokesman confirmed to media here Sunday that Dholanwal Sub-Division SDO Moqaddam Ali, Feeder In charge Syed Hassan Sardar and Assistant Lineman Rashid Mahmood have been suspended. He said that lineman Naeem Ahmed was martyred after receiving severe electric shock while working on a transformer.