Sheikh Rasheed announces financial aid for Tezgam train victims

Arhama AltafWeb Editor

31st Oct, 2019. 11:46 am
Sheikh Rasheed announces financial assistance to the Tezgam train victims

Federal Minister for Railways Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed on Thursday has announced financial assistance for those killed and injured in the Tezgam train accident early today.

Sheikh Rasheed blamed the passengers for bringing stoves into the train, saying Railways was not at fault, but however, he took responsibility for the mishap.

Railway authorities said that carrying the cylinders on train was the negligence issue of the administration, the stations are going to be investigated later.

An amount of Rs 15 lakh has been announced for the bereaved families and Rs 3-5 lakh announced for the injured.

According to the Railway Minister, some members of Tablighi party were making breakfast using the stove and gas cylinder which causes the explosion.

Talking to media men after visiting the incident place, District Emergency Officer 1122, Rahim Yar Khan said that relief and rescue operation is in progress.

The injured have been shifted to nearby hospitals while the fire has been extinguished.

The railway traffic has been suspended following the incident but it is expected that track will be opened during the next three hours for rail traffic.

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

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

According to the details, dozens have reportedly been wounded, whereas, 65 have been confirmed dead after 3 bogies of Tezgam train.

President Dr. Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan have expressed deep grief and sorrow over the loss of precious lives in Tezgam fire incident.

In their separate condolence messages, they condoled with the bereaved families.

The Prime Minister directed the authorities concerned to provide prompt and best possible medical treatment to those injured in the incident.

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