18 booked for power stealing in Kohat

KOHAT – The Peshawar Electric Supply Company (PESCO) assisted by the district administration and the police on Wednesday launched a crackdown on power pilferers, registering cases against 18 for consuming illegal power supply.

Additional assistant commissioner-III Saad Munir and PESCO sub-divisional officer Wajidullah accompanied by policemen took action against power thieves on Rawalpindi highway, in Bilitang, and the city. They also recovered Rs118,000 dues from the defaulters. They registered five FIRs against the thieves.

Meanwhile, Pesco executive engineer for city division Fida Mohammad, sub-divisional officer Ziaur Rehman, and additional assistant commissioner-II Vaqas Ahmed removed seven illegal connections in Shinokhel and Hafizabad areas and lodged seven FIRs against the electricity thieves.

Similarly, additional assistant commissioner-I Nisar Mohammad Khalil and Pesco SDO Farooq during an operation removed six hocks from poles in the area and registered cases against the power thieves.

The district administration on Wednesday banned the entry of visitors to the popular Bona Baba springs, the adjacent swimming pools, and mountains from 9 pm till 5 am to avoid an unpleasant incident.

SHO Junglekhel police Mohammad Vaqas told Dawn that the step had been taken as a precautionary measure as bodies had been found in the area recently. He said it was not easy to reach the area immediately during the night in case of an untoward incident.

He said women and children often visited the site, which was adjacent to the Afghan refugee camps, for a picnic. He said mostly non-locals visited the site and there was always a danger of fights.

(Source: National print and online media with input from social media and local sources).

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