Railway administration's negligence involved in Tezgam accident, inquiry reports

Railway administration's negligence involved in Tezgam accident, inquiry reports

Pakistan Railways issued an inquiry report of the Tezgam accident that took place in October last year, accusing the administration of negligence and irresponsibility, saying the short circuit caused the fire.

An inquiry report compiled by former Railway Inspector Dost Ali Laghari states that the accident on October 31 was caused by a short circuit.

The report stated that several passengers had gas cylinders which have been confirmed.

The reasons for the Tezgam accident are reported that the cheap, negligence and irresponsibility of many railway officers and officials of Pakistan also prove to be the cause of the accident.

The train was quoted as saying that Coach No. 11 was on fire due to illegal and unsafe arrangements in the kitchen and the use of electric kettle due to short circuit in faulty wiring.

Coach No. 11's wiring was filled with heavy smoke and the fire spread, and passengers could not get out of the train's baggage in case of fire.

The report says the railway staff failed to prevent waiters from using temporary kitchens.

The inquiry report also named the responsibility of the accident on Deputy DS, Commercial Officer, SHO, Dining Car Contractor, waiters, head constable, constable, reservation staff.

According to the railway authorities, the designated officials have already been removed from their posts in the inquiry report.

It is to be remembered that on October 31, 2019, the Tezgam Express from Karachi to Rawalpindi was killed near Rahim Yar Khan district of Punjab and at least 74 people were killed and more than 30 passengers were injured as a result of the fire.

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