Islamabad - The Islamabad Electric Supply Company (IESCO) apprehended 294 electricity pilferers in various regions of the company in raids in August during its ongoing drive against power pilferage.

The IESCO spokesman told APP here that 50 culprits were caught red-handed from Islamabad, 93 from Rawalpindi, 48 from Attock, 41 from Jhelum and 62 from Chakwal circles. He said the drive was launched on the directives of CEO Dr Rana Abdul Jabbar Khan.

All the culprits were found involved in power theft through direct line (Kunda System) and by broken security strip of the meter, he added. He said FIRs had been lodged against power thieves under the new electricity (Amendment) Act.

He said the IESCO was committed to taking stern action against power thieve across its all five regions. He also requested its valued customers to inform about power theft on IESCO’s new Roshni 8398 sms service.

He said the new ‘ROSHNI SMS Service 8398’ and 118 helpline was serving commendably in entire IESCO region including Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Jhelum, Chakwal and Attock circles. This service was getting massive response from its users, he said.

He said complaints regarding tariff, temporary connection, late receiving of electricity bills, over billing, low voltage complaint could also be lodged through this service beside information about power theft by sending SMS to Roshni 8398.