Keamari toxic gas case: SHC expresses anger over SEPA officials

Syed Umarullah HussainiWeb Editor

11th Feb, 2021. 01:19 pm
Keamari toxic gas case

The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Thursday while hearing the Keamari toxic gas case; expressed outrage over the Sindh Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) officials for being unaware of the serious incident happened in the city.

According to the details, The Sindh High Court (SHC) heard the case related to deaths after the spread of hazardous gas in Keamari port area of Karachi.

During the case hearing, SEPA submitted its report to SHC. SHC judge Justice Amjad Ali Sahito asked the investigation officer (IO) about the reason for dissolving A-Class cases.

The IO replied that post-mortem of a man had been conducted which ascertained that his death was caused by drug overdose, however, post-mortems of other deceased persons were not conducted.

Senior Superintendent Police (SSP) Keamari appeared before the court and informed that the department will carry out the action in light of the recommendations of SEPA.

Judge Amjad Ali Sahito Sahito remarked that police negligence could be seen in the case as the samples were collected after two days, whereas, attention was not given to the statements of the affectees.

Justice Sahito directed SSP Keamari to take action in light of the SEPA report and adjourned the hearing till March 16.

It may be recalled that at least 14 deaths had been reported in February last year, whereas, more than 300 patients complained about having breathing problem in the Keamari and hospitalized during the offloading of a consignment of soybean cargo from a ship.

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