Liaquatpur: 71 passengers killed as Tezgam train catches fire

Anwar Abbas Reporter

31st Oct, 2019. 10:24 am

Tezgam train, which was on its way from Karachi to Rawalpindi, caught fire near Tanori Station Chak no. 6 Chani Goth, today.

According to details, dozens have reportedly been wounded, whereas, 71 have been confirmed dead after 3 bogies of Tezgam train caught fire near Liaquatpur.

Rescue teams arrived at timely basis and moved the injured to Liaquatpur hospital.

Federal Minister for Railways Sheikh Rashid blamed the passengers for bringing stoves into the train, saying Railways was not at fault.

The coach where the cylinder blasted was booked by the Taleeghi Jamaat’s men. They were boiling eggs on the gas stove to have breakfast when it exploded with a huge blast.

Train was stopped at Liaquatpur station, and will be resumed within two hours, Sheikh Rashid confirmed.

Aijaz Ahmad, CEO Pakistan Railways said that the incident occurred after the gas cylinder exploded.

10 firefighter vehicles were deployed to extinguish the fire. Pakistan Army contingents have also been dispatched to the area to take part in rescue and relief activities. An Army Aviation Helicopter was airlifting the injured from the site of the incident.

Prime minister expressed deep grief and sorrow over the loss of lives in the accident and tendered his condolences towards the families whose loved ones died the mishap.

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