Toxic liquor tragedy: ‘JIT must complete investigation in 20 days’

Published: January 12, 2017

LAHORE: A Joint Investigation Team (JIT) has been formed to complete an investigation in 20 days and nab the culprits behind the mass toxic liquor poisoning in Toba Tek Singh.

Provincial Minister for Minorities and Human Rights Khalil Tahir Sindhu expressed these views on Wednesday during his visit to Mubarakabad Basti to condole with the bereaved families.

He said that the Punjab government would provide financial assistance to the families of victims as soon as possible. The minister said that best possible treatment was being given to liquour tragedy survivors. “However, if needed, the patients would be shifted to hospitals of Lahore for further treatment.” Sindhu added.

He said the district administration has already been ordered to making payments through Christmas grants to the bereaved families, whereas Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif would also be requested for suitable financial assistance to the families of Toba Tek Singh’s Mubarakabad Basti victims.

He remarked that the JIT would also investigate the possible involvement of Chattiana police officials in the tragic incident. The minister visited the families of victims and offered his condolence. Most of the victims were aged between 18 and 30 years.

MPAs Chaudhry Shahzad Munshi and Mian Muhammad Raffique, Toba Tek Singh DPO Usman Akram Gondal, ADC Ahmad Khawar Shahzad, and PML-N District Minority Wing president Rashid Jalal Masih were present on the occasion.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 12th, 2017.

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