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Gas thief gets life term; Rs 1.2m fine

22 February, 2013

LAHORE: An anti-terrorist court has sentenced a man, Bashir Masih, to life imprisonment with a fine of Rs 1.2 million on account of gas theft.

The sentence makes Masih the first person to get punishment under the Gas Act 2011, which is meant to strictly deal with gas thieves.

SNGPL spokesman told our sources on Thursday that a raid was conducted by Islamabad deputy chief engineer (operations) on September 23, 2011, during which Bashir Masih, a resident of Islamabad, was caught red handed illegally supplying gas to more than 290 houses of a katchi abadi in Sector 7, Islamabad, through pilferage of gas from the system.

He said that Masih used to take Rs 700 from each house to which gas was being supplied illegally by him. The SNGPL has calculated total volume loss of 2000 HM3 on account of gas theft by the convict, which amounts to Rs 1.20 million in monetary loss.

A case was registered under section 379,109 of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) against Masih at the Kohsar Police Station, Islamabad. His bail applications were dismissed by the Islamabad sessions and high courts, respectively.

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