HESCO engineer escapes unhurt in firing, team made hostage

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Hyderabad—The Superintending Engineer Hyderabad Electric Supply Company (HESCO) Operation Circle Nawabshah escaped unhurt of firing by armed persons during operation against defaulters and power theft at a village near Qazi Ahmed town on Tuesday. According to HESCO spokesman, the SE HESCO, Malik Imtiaz-ul-Haq along with his team members was on way to Village Ali Hassan Khoso of Qazi Ahmed to cut off the illegal tube well connection.
When the HESCO team reached near the village, the spokesman informed that, one Muhammad Soomar Khoso and other villagers started firing and made the team members hostage on gun point and batons.
The SE escaped unhurt and later informed the Rangers and Police about the situation, the spokesman informed and added that a Police party has moved to the said village to rescue the HESCO team.
The team has dismantled the power transformer and the HESCO management has started legal formalities to take action against attackers, the spokesman informed.
Meanwhile, the special teams of HESCO have carried out operation against defaulters and power theft and removed 300 illegal connection as well as 200 connection on charge of non-payment of electricity dues of 30 villages of Hyderabad, Nawabshah, Mirpurkhas,Tando Allahyar, Badin, Umerkot, Thatta and Jamshoro districts, the spokesman informed and added that the teams also recovered Rs. 1.65 million as outstanding dues from defaulters. Faisalabad: Faisalabad Electric Supply Company (FESCO) has disconnected 27 power connections of the Parks and Horticulture Authority (PHA) for nonpayment of Rs 1.2 million bill.
FESCO spokesman Tahir Sheikh said here Tuesday that the PHA was issued notices for payment of dues.—APP