KASUR: During a raid on power thieves in Bhamba village on Thursday, at least four employees of the Lahore Electric Supply Company (LESCO) reportedly suffered injuries when the team they were a part of was allegedly beaten by locals.
After the event, LESCO employees conducted a sit-in in the lawn of their office in Kot Radha Kishan, went on strike, and shut their offices. A video of the incident quickly became popular on social media.
Police filed a case against 17 people, including five suggested suspects, but no arrests have been made as of yet.
According to the complainant, LESCO Sub-Division Officer Attaullah Khattak, a 10-member Lesco team headed by him was checking Bhamba village against power thieves when it found Din Muhammad using direct electricity through hooks (kunda). When the team tried to remove the hooks and take legal action, the suspect along with his sons and other villagers attacked them with axes, clubs and iron rods.
As a result, Lesco employees Tahir Islam, Muhammad Azam, Dildar Hussain, and Muhammad Yaqoob suffered from injuries. They were taken for medical attention right away to Kot Radha Kishan THQ Hospital.
Under sections 462, 186, 379, 147, and 149 of the PPC, police filed a criminal complaint against Din Muhammad, his sons Tahir, Arif, Tanveer, and Naseer, as well as 12 other individuals. According to police, raids were being conducted to apprehend the culprits.
Officials from LESCO pressed for the arrest of the attackers.