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    Tuesday, 27 June 2017

    Thousands of people thronged to join funeral prayers of inferno victiims

    MULTAN, June 27th: Thousands of people including member parliament ,higher civil and military officers thronged to village  Ramzan Joiya in Ahmedpur east to offer collective funeral prayer of 125 victims of Ahmedpur East inferno.The prayer offered at 0600 PM amid tight security.People buried their beloveds amid sobs and tears. Female relatives were crying at site.They were buried in mass graves which were specially prepared by the administration. Dr.Naheed Anjum incharge of Pak-Italian Modern Burn Centre Multan said that 15 patients have so far been succumbed to burns in his centre.While oil-tanker driver Gul Muhammad is in criticakl condition in his centre who had received 80 percent burns. Ahmedpur east Police have registered a case against the oil-tanker driver, owner and oil-company.The funeral prayers were also attended by bereaved relatives of the deceased and a huge number of locals at cotton factory close to the grave site.
    The funeral was held amid tight security as around 1000 security personnel were deployed in the area to prevent any untoward incident.The bodies of the victims were dispatched for burial in six mass graves as 25 bodies per mass grave, the state-run radio said.
    All coffins have been tagged so that after the completion of DNA test they can be handed over to  their legal heirs, the radio added.A mass funeral was held for 125 unidentified victims of the Bahawalpur oil tanker explosion on Tuesday.
    The bodies were buried in numbered graves by the district administration.
    The administration said that DNA samples of the victims have been taken and will be matched by those of their relatives to ascertain the identities of numbered graves.
    The relatives will be allowed to rebury their loved ones at a place of their choosing once they are identified.
    The mass funeral was held only for the 125 unidentified victims while those who could be identified had been handed over to their relatives.
    An oil tanker crashed on a road at Ahmad Pur Sharqia on Sunday and more than 157 people, many of whom had rushed to collect leaking fuel, were killed when it exploded.
    The tanker carrying 40,000 litres of fuel overturned after trying to make a sharp turn while travelling from Karachi to Lahore on the main highway.
    The disaster occurred when hundreds of residents of a nearby village gathered at the site of an overturned oil tanker to collect the leaking fuel. It's believed that a spark from the many cars and motorcycles that raced to the scene ignited the fuel.
    Nearly a hundred people were injured as a result of the incident, the government officials said.
    A senior rescue official in the area said the death toll could rise further as dozens are still in critical condition and overburdened hospitals struggle to treat the scores of severely burned victims.
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