Iqbal Town explosion: Another two deaths take toll to double digits
LAHORE: Another two victims of Wednesday night’s suicide blast, including a young boy and a middle-aged woman, died at separate hospitals on Thursday, raising the death toll of the mishap to 10.
Meanwhile, relatives and friends of the deceased civilians protested against city police officials for conducting autopsies of the dead without the families’ permission.
According to hospital sources, 41 injured were taken to Jinnah Hospital, Sheikh Zayed Hospital and Ganga Ram Hospital late on Wednesday night.
Eight victims, including a female and two police officials, died the same night, whereas nine people, including a young man and a woman, were stated to be in a critical condition. Police officials moved the eight bodies to the city morgue for autopsies on the same night.
On Thursday, Gulnaz, a resident of Main Bazaar Karnalpura, and Suhail Akhtar, a resident of H-Block Sabzazar, also succumbed to their injuries, and their bodies were shifted to the city morgue.
Protest: The families and friends of the deceased civilians, waiting to receive the bodies from 3am, protested against the police and the government at the morgue at 2pm on Thursday for sending the bodies for autopsies without their permission. They also alleged that the police misbehaved with them.
Suhail Khan, the brother-in-law of deceased Saeed, told Daily Times that no government official had sympathised with them. He said alleged the police had abused and pushed the victims’ families on several occasions when they asked for the bodies. He said that they received the bodies after more than 12 hours of the incident.
He alleged that Iqbal Town Station House Officer (SHO) Riaz Shah told the family that Saeed’s body was being taken to the morgue for registration. He said that the senior superintendent of police (Operations) assured the family that the accused SHO and the ASI would be suspended on Friday.
He said that if the accused officials were not suspended, the family would protest in front of Iqbal Town Police Station and Chief Minister’s House.
However, the bodies of a WAPDA employee, Suhail Akhtar, and his mother, Perveen, will be kept in the morgue on the request of their relatives until Saturday.
Iqbal Town Police registered a case (100/08) against an unidentified terrorist on Thursday night under Sections 302/34, 427/109, 186/353 and 120-B of Explosive Act and 7-ATA on the complaint of Iqbal Town SHO Riaz Shah