islamabad - The Islamabad Electric Supply Company (IESCO) apprehended 11 more electricity thieves in various regions of the company in raids during its ongoing drive against power pilferers.

The IESCO spokesman told APP here that seven culprits were caught red-handed from Jhelum, three from Chakwal and one from Islamabad circles.

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 have been lodged against power thieves under the new electricity (Amendment) Act.

He said the IESCO was committed to taking stern action against power thieves across its all five regions.

He said the IESCO was committed to taking stern action against the power thieves 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 are 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. The consumers of Rawalpindi and Islamabad could also lodge their complaints regarding electricity by calling on IESCO helpline 118.

Meanwhile, Chief Executive Officer IESCO Dr Rana Abdul Jabbar Khan has constituted a special committee under the supervision of Manager (S&I) and Intelligence to investigate power theft in various areas of Islamabad. Taking serious notice of news published in some section of media claiming that government instructions are not being followed regarding power theft, the CEO directed concerned area SDO, field staff and power theft checking teams to investigate power theft in sectors I-9 and G-7.

The CEO also directed SE Islamabad Raja Asghar to monitor whole circle especially area under news more efficiently and immediately disconnected power supply besides registering an FIR under new law of electricity theft, said a press release.

The IESCO spokesman said that SDOs and M&T teams were already checking meters on daily basis in the whole region and FIRs were also being registered against culprits.