In a decisive move against electricity theft, the Lahore Electric Supply Company (LESCO) has successfully detected and taken action against 394 cases of illegal power connections across its operational circles, spanning five districts: Lahore, Sheikhupura, Nankana Sahib, Kasur, and Okara.
Crucial Milestone in Anti-Power Theft Campaign
This significant achievement comes on the 132nd day of LESCO’s robust anti-power theft campaign, demonstrating the power company’s unwavering commitment to curbing illicit practices in electricity consumption.
FIR Applications and Legal Consequences
LESCO, in its crackdown, submitted FIR applications against all 394 identified electricity thieves. Notably, 140 cases have already been implemented and registered at respective police stations, resulting in the apprehension of 13 individuals involved in power theft activities.
Diverse Range of Power Theft: Residential to Commercial Connections
The crackdown extended beyond residential consumers, revealing the involvement of large commercial consumers in electricity theft. All connections, including five commercial, one industrial, four agricultural, and 384 domestic connections, were promptly disconnected.
Charges and Legal Proceedings
The accused individuals collectively face charges for a staggering total of 321,484 pilfered units, amounting to a detection bill of Rs10.930 million. Specific cases highlighted detection bills ranging from Rs92,456 to Rs210,000, emphasizing the severity of the power theft.
Campaign Overview: 132 Days of Vigilance
During the 132 days of the anti-power theft campaign, LESCO uncovered power pilferage on 45,501 connections. A total of 45,048 FIR applications were submitted, resulting in 42,481 registered cases and the arrest of 17,195 individuals.
Continued Vigilance: Uncovering Power Pilferers
Ongoing investigations by LESCO revealed power pilferers in various sub-divisions, with 59 detected in the Defence East Division and 40 in the Lakhhan Sharif area. The methods involved wire hooking, meter tampering, and direct tapping into the main supply line.
Relentless Efforts and Consequences for Power Theft
LESCO’s relentless efforts underscore its commitment to ensuring fair and lawful electricity distribution across its operational regions. The company urges consumers to refrain from engaging in illegal activities, emphasizing the severe consequences and legal actions awaiting those involved in electricity theft.
As LESCO continues its vigilant stance, the message is clear: illicit power connections will not be tolerated, and the consequences for power theft are significant.