A man died of cardiac arrest on Friday reportedly on seeing his electricity bill.
A Ghulam Muhammadabad police spokesman said Gulzar Ahmad, a resident of Mohallah Usman Ghani, received an electricity bill of Rs18,000 early on Friday morning.
He said the man had a heart attack and was taken to a hospital where he died.
Muhammad Akhtar, a relative, told newsmen that Ahmad was a cobbler and had lived in a rented house in Mohallah Usman Ghani.
“Ahmad did not have a steady source of income. He got very worried and had a heart attack when he saw the bill,” he said.
A spokesman for the Faisalabad Electric Supply Company (FESCO) said Ahmad had been billed according to the meter reading.
He said Ahmad had not paid his bill last month and the arrears had been charged in the new bill.
He said the FESCO chief had formed a committee to probe into the matter.
“If Ahmad’s electricity bill is incorrect or has been inflated, action would be taken against those responsible,” the spokesman added.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 27th, 2014.
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