Appeal to Judicial Inquiry of Tezgam tragedy in Islamabad High Court

Appeal to Judicial Inquiry of Tezgam tragedy in Islamabad High Court

Islamabad: Former Pakistan Railways general manager approached Islamabad High Court for a judicial inquiry into the tragedy last year.

 According to the report, Shafiqullah, who applied for the judicial inquiry into the tragedy of Tezgam, has made the Federal Minister for Railways Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed, Railway Secretary, Chief Executive Officer, Inspector General, Secretary Establishment Division and Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister.

The petition asks the court to conduct a judicial inquiry into the 7-up Tezgam Express accident that took place on October 31, 2019, and withdraw the orders by the Ministry of Railways to damage the rights of victims of the tragedy and to suppress material facts. ۔

It said that the Secretary Railway violated the Railways Act, the infrastructure of 1980 by allowing unqualified senior grade officers to take advantage of it, which has led to chaos and fear among various groups.

According to the request, 'rail accidents occur human error or interference, intentionally or in any other way, which needs to be corrected under the implementation of the system procedure and the deployment of qualified personnel according to merit and seniority'.

It is to be remembered that on October 31 last year, the Tez Gam Express, which was travelling from Karachi to Rawalpindi, caused a terrible fire when a gas cylinder exploded near Rahim Yar Khan district of Punjab, killing 74 people and injuring more than 30 passengers. ۔

The unfortunate train accident took place at 6:15 am at the Tanuri station of Chak No 6 near Channi Goth in Liaquatpur tehsil of Rahim Yar Khan district of Punjab.

Authorities said that passengers in the affected bogies were going to attend the Raiwand gathering, and two firearms wrapped in fireworks were booked specifically mostly male riders, and they had food to cook. Cylinders were also present.

According to witnesses, the cylinder exploded when the train exploded, and several passengers jumped from the train in anticipation of the crash.

After the accident, Railway Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed announced a compensation of Rs 15 lakh for the dead and Rs 5 lakh for the injured.

The Railway Minister had disclosed that the facility of checking passengers' luggage is available only at the major stations; at other smaller stations, there is no system for locating passenger luggage.

In this regard, Divisional Commercial Officer Junaid Aslam said that the two boogies affected were Economy, one was Business Coach, and one Boogie was booked in the name of Amir Hussain and the other Tablighi Jamaat.

He said that for the Tablighi congregation, the boogies were booked in the name of one person and the rest of the details were left to their wealthy, which could not provide the identity of all the passengers, though he had stated that one Boogie was booked for 78 while the second boogie was scheduled for 77 people.

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