At the very least 19 Pakistani Sikh pilgrims have been killed when a mini-bus carrying them rammed right into a passenger practice at a railway crossing in Pakistan”s Punjab province on Friday, officers mentioned.
There have been conflicting experiences in regards to the dying depend as police and rescue officers confirmed 20 lifeless whereas the railways put the determine at 15. However the Evacuee Belief Property Board (ETPB) insisted complete of 29 individuals, together with 19 Sikh pilgrims, misplaced their lives within the accident.
Nevertheless, the police and ETPB confirmed that the lifeless included 19 Sikhs who belonged to Peshawar.
The mini-bus carrying Sikh pilgrims, who have been coming back from Nankana Sahib in Punjab, hit the Shah Hussain Categorical which was coming from Karachi to Lahore at a crossing close to Sheikhupura district at round 1.30 pm, officers mentioned.
“The bus was carrying largely Sikh pilgrims to Gurdwara Sacha Sauda in Farooqabad within the district. They’d come to Nankana Sahib from Peshawar. After staying in Nanakana Sahib, they have been leaving for Peshawar. The ETPB safety had escorted them until the bounds of Nankana Sahib,” ETPB spokesperson Amir Hashmi instructed PTI.
Senior police officer Ghazi Salahuddin instructed reporters on the crash website that some 26 individuals have been travelling within the bus when it hit the transferring practice.
“Twenty passengers died that included girls and kids,” he mentioned, including the gate on the crossing was closed and it appeared the driving force tried to take a shortcut as an alternative of ready for the gate to open.
He denied the experiences that the crossing was unmanned.
The Pakistan Railways, nonetheless, in an announcement mentioned that the mini-bus collided with the practice on the unmanned crossing, killing 15 individuals.
ETPB Deputy Director Imran Gondal mentioned in an announcement that 22 Sikhs from Peshawar had come to Nankana Sahib.
“On their manner again to Peshawar their high-roof van collided with a practice close to Sacha Sauda Farooqabad Sheikhupura. As many as 19 Sikhs, together with girls have been killed. The remaining have been injured and shifted to hospitals within the district and Lahore. The our bodies have been shifted to Mayo Hospital Lahore,” he mentioned.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi mentioned he was pained by the tragic demise of Sikh pilgrims in a street accident in Pakistan on Friday.
At the very least 29 individuals, largely Pakistani Sikh pilgrims, have been killed when a mini-bus carrying them again from Nankana Sahib shrine rammed right into a practice at an unmanned crossing in Pakistan’s Punjab province.
“Pained by the tragic demise of Sikh pilgrims in Pakistan. My ideas are with their households and pals on this hour of grief,” the prime minister tweeted.
“I pray that these pilgrims injured get better on the earliest,” he mentioned.
Pained by the tragic demise of Sikh pilgrims in Pakistan. My ideas are with their households and pals on this hour of grief.
I pray that these pilgrims injured get better on the earliest.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 3, 2020
The rescue groups reached the spot and shifted the injured to the district headquarters hospital, an announcement by the Railways Ministry mentioned.
The railways mentioned a divisional engineer has been suspended from service and an inquiry has been launched.
Railways Minister Sheikh Rashid has ordered authorities to take instant motion towards these liable for the accident.
Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed grief over the accident and directed authorities to offer the perfect medical help to the injured