ISLAMABAD: The inquiry report over the Tezgam Fire incident has exposed the lies of officials of the Pakistan Railways stating that the Tezgam incident occurred due to short circuit, not because of cylinder blast.
Deputy Divisional Superintendent and Divisional Commercial Officer Karachi of the Pakistan Railways have been held responsible for the tragedy while Railway Police SHOs from Hyderabad and Khanpur are found guilty of negligence.
It is pertinent to mention here that at least 75 passengers had lost their lives and over 40 sustained critical burn wounds when three carriages of a Tezgam Express caught fire near Talwari Station in Liaquatpur area of Rahim Yar Khan. The train was bound from Karachi to Rawalpindi.
The report said the electric supply was being provided to the boogie No 12 was taken from the boogie No 11 in the illegal way when the wire got heat up it caused the short circuit.
Television footage showed flames pouring out of the carriages as people could be heard crying in the incident. Many commuters died and several were injured when they jumped from the moving train to escape the flames.