SHEIKHUPURA (STAFF REPORTER): A joint team of the FIA the Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited raided a mills situated on Sharqpur Road and traced a gas theft worth Rs40.8 million. The SNGPL regional manager was tipped off that the paper and board mills had attached an underground pipe with the main gas supply line and the illegal practice had been in process for the last one year. A joint team conducted the raid and found the attached pipe illegally supplying gas to the factory. At the time of raid, GM Adil Hanif along with three other employees managed to escape.

A SNGPL official on the condition of anonymity said that the gas theft was conducted on the behest of some high-ranking officials. So far, gas worth in Rs40.8 million has been stolen causing great loss to the government exchequer. The FIA has got a case registered against the factory administration.