28 arrested for Rs12m gas theft
Multan: Twenty-eight people were arrested on Monday on charge of gas theft.
The arrests were made in a raid at a restaurant by the district task force and Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Ltd (SNGPL) conducted on account of the government crackdown against gas thieves.
The raiding team discovered that the restaurant owners had connected an underground pipe to the pipeline that provided gas to the entire city.
The team discovered 12 illegal connections serving restaurants and guest houses besides the one they were looking for.
It is reported that the connections were severed and all the restaurants and guest houses were sealed.
FIR had been registered against Raees Ahmed, owner of the restaurant near Qadaffi Square. Its owner had been fined Rs1 million.
The owners of the rest of the restaurants and guest houses would also be included in the investigation.
According to sources, the theft had been estimated at Rs12 million.
Police said 12 of those arrested were later released after initial investigations.