SIALKOT- The Gujranwala Electric Power Company (Gepco) issued show cause notices to 15 executive engineers (XENs) and eight sub-divisional officers (SDOs) for issuing inflated electricity bills to the consumers in Gujranwala region.

According to Chief Executive of Gepco Muhammad Ikram, Gepco has already completed departmental inquiries against the accused XENs and SDOs. It has also sent their cases for imposing penalties to the Federal Ministry of Water and Power, he said. He added that stern action would be taken against all the responsible for issuing the fake and inflated bills to the consumers. On the other side, the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) arrested 152 human traffickers, electricity and gas pilferers during a massive crackdown launched last month.

The crackdown was launched in Sialkot, Narowal, Gujrat, Mandi Bahauddin, Hafizabad, Gujranwala, Rawalpindi and Sheikhupra district as well as in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) areas.

FIA Divisional Deputy Director Khalid Anees said that the accused had been running their black business of sending the innocent people abroad especially to America, England, Spain, Belgium, Greece, Russia, European, African and Middle East countries and Gulf States after getting big amounts by showing them the golden dreams of their lucid future in abroad.

He said that the electricity and gas pilferers had stolen the electricity and gas. He said that the FIA has also recovered the grabbed money amounting Rs9.2 million from these accused. He added that the FIA has sent the accused behind bars after registering separate cases.

Butchers accuse livestock doc of bribe

FAISALABAD- Butchers protested against the Livestock Department at Millat Road alleging that the officials demand bribe for allowing them to slaughter animals at the Slaughter House.

They blocked the road for an hour and demanded early suspension of the veterinary doctor. The activists chanted slogans against the officers of livestock while people of the area faced difficulties to commute during the protest. They alleged that veterinary officer of Livestock Department Dr Zahid was not allowing them to slaughter animals at the Slaughter House and was forcing them to slaughter animals at their houses so that he can get bribe. They further alleged that the officer gets monthly bribe from them.

DO Livestock Dr Salaha Gill when contacted said that the butchers were involved in slaughtering female animals despite the ban imposed by the government.

When the livestock department as per law stopped them, they started protesting, she said.