Dozens of Tezgam tragedy bodies beyond recognition; death toll 75 DNA samples of 57 fire victims sent for identification

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Our Correspondents

Rahim Yar Khan/Multan

Forensic experts in Lahore was on Saturday supplied with DNA samples of 57 unidentified victims – who had lost their lives in tragic train fire incident near Rahim Yar Khan on Thursday – for their identifications, the process which hospital officials claim would take ten days.
Moreover, two injured persons have been discharged from the Sheikh Zayed Hospital after their rehabilitation. The DNA tests are required to identify as many as 57 charred bodies before they can be handed over to relatives for burial. The unidentifiable dead bodies were shifted to Rahim Yar Khan’s Shaikh Zayed Hospital.
The injured are undergoing treatment at the Shaikh Zayed Hospital, Bahawal Victoria Hospital, Bahawalpur and Nishtar Hospital, Multan. Police have filed a case against unidentified persons. The investigation teams have collected evidences from the incident spot and it is being considered to make forensic experts a part of the ongoing interrogations as well. The final list issued by the concerned authorities revealed that 74 persons died in the unfortunate tragedy and 42 sustained wounds.
The Tezgam Express caught fire due to explosion in gas canisters used by Tableeghi Jamaat passengers to cook breakfast near Talwari Station in Liaquatpur area of Rahim Yar Khan. The train was bound from Karachi to Rawalpindi. The deadly inferno left three coaches of the Rawalpind-boundi Tezgam Express destroyed.
Another injured of Tezgam tragedy succumbed to injuries in Multan’s Nishtar hospital which turned the total of the tragedy 75. The deceased Liaquat Ali had been shifted to the Nishter Hospital where he breathed his last. On the other hand, only 19 bodies of the tragedy could be identified while the DNA samples of 57 bodies have been shifted to Lahore. As many as 16 bodies have been handed to victims’ families up till now while three identified bodies are still in the hospital while 17 patients brought of Shiekh Zayed hospital have been sent home after treatment.