73 killed as Fire breaks Out in Train in Pakistan after gas canister Blast :- A massive fire broke out in a moving train in Pakistan’s eastern Punjab province on Thursday after two gas cylinders exploded while some passengers were cooking breakfast. The fire killed at least 73 people including mostly Islamic preachers who were travelling to attend a religious congregation.
73 killed as Fire breaks Out in Train in Pakistan
According to the officials, the train, Tezgam Express, was on its way to Lahore from Karachi when the fire broke out early morning, destroying three bogies which had over 200 passengers, including women and children, at Liaquatpur near Rahim Yar Khan in Punjab province, some 400 km from Lahore. After the blast, the raging fire engulfed two other coaches as well.
District Emergency Officer RYK Baqir Hussain has confirmed that 73 passengers lost their lives in the fire.
The officials also informed that most deaths occurred from people jumping off the train and added that the toll could rise further as over 40 passengers have suffered severe burn injuries.
Meanwhile, the injured have been being shifted to nearby hospitals while rescue teams were still at the spot.
Pakistan Train Blast
Railway Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmad said that most of the victims belonged to the Tableeghi Jamaat (Islamic preachers) who were going to Lahore to attend a major annual congregation at Raiwind.
While the Railways Minister said that two gas stoves carried by some passengers blew up when they were preparing breakfast on the speeding train in violation of rules, the Tableeghi Jamaat office-bearers, however, dismissed the Railway Minister’s claim, saying the explosion took place because of “short circuit“.
The Railways Minister Sheikh Rasheed the fire has been extinguished and cooling efforts were underway. Meanwhile, the authorities said they were still trying to identify the victims.
Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed his grief over the incident and directed authorities to provide the best medical treatment to the injured.
He said, “It was our fault. And we will investigate it.” He has also announced Rs. 1.5 million compensations for each of the deceased and Rs. 500,000 for the injured.