The Sindh High Courts in Karachi has rejected the pre-arrest bail application of accused Ghulam Murtaza nominated in an FIR filed by SSGC for stealing natural gas from direct line. In Larkana, the Gas Utility Court also rejected the pre-arrest bail application of accused Ghulam Nadir Ali Khoso nominated in FIR lodged in Civil Lines Police Station. The accused was found using direct gas for power generation.
In Karachi, the Intelligence Wing of SSGC’s Security Services and Counter Gas Theft Operation’s (SS and CGTO) conducted joint raids with representatives of the Company’s Customer Relations Department, SSGC Police and field teams in North Karachi area. The culprits were found using domestic connections for running press boilers for garment manufacturing and power generation purposes. Total load against these connections obtained was approximately over 2,170 cubic feet per hour (cft/hr). Meters and Regulators were removed and sent for lab testing. Gas supply was disconnected and claims are being raised.
A similar joint raid was undertaken in the old city area where the culprit was found using gas directly for a hotel through a rubber pipe installed on disconnected meter point. Total load obtained was approximately 225 cft/hr. Direct connection was disconnected. FIR was lodged and claim will also be raised.
SS&CGTO also carried out a joint raid in Rafah-e-Aam Society in Malir where it was observed that the culprit were using gas directly by installing fake meter for running a plastic factory. Total load obtained was around 590 CFT/HR. Pressure observed was 6.56 Psig. Fake Meter was removed and gas supply was disconnected. FIR is being lodged and claim will be raised. And in Lyari area more than 260 flats were found directly stealing gas from main line. All rubber pipes and fittings used for Illegal extension of gas were removed by the raiding party.