Ration was being distributed for free in Pakistan, stampede broke out, 11 died; many injured

During the distribution of free ration on the occasion of Ramzan in Pakistan’s Karachi city, a stampede occurred, in which 11 people lost their lives. Several other people were also injured in the accident that took place on Friday. People had gathered inside a factory complex in Karachi to get free rations when the incident took place.

The dead included eight women and three children. The police officer told Pakistani news outlet Geo News that the rescue operation is going on. Speaking to reporters, Superintendent of Police (SP) Muhammad Mugees Hashmi said that the police of the area have confirmed that the incident took place due to stampede. He told that the information about the distribution of ration was not given to the local police.

The SP said that so far seven people have been arrested and investigation has been initiated. He expressed apprehension that the death toll could increase. A water line also burst during the stampede, further worsening the situation. Speaking on the unfortunate incident, Sindh Governor Kamran Tesori expressed grief. He has directed the Karachi commissioner to submit a report immediately.

Eyewitnesses and rescue workers said that many people also fell into the drain during the stampede. As per reports, a power line had fallen into a drain, electrocuting some of the victims. A hospital spokesperson told The Express Tribune that several bodies from the stampede in Baladiya town were brought to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital. Apart from this, till now six injured have also been admitted to the hospital, who are undergoing treatment.

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