Govt official, 16 others held for snatching relief goods in Mirpurkhas
MIRPURKHAS: The local police have arrested and lodged an FIR against a senior government officer and 16 others on the charge of snatching relief goods meant for rain victims here on Sunday.
The Satellite Town Police said the cases of trying to snatch relief goods, interferring in official duty and riots were registered against 17 people, including Director Colleges Prof Abdul Aziz Panhwar, who was leading the unruly group of people. Police said after a few hours, all the accused were released on bail. On the other side, the government agencies have initiated a probe against alleged misappropriation and mismanagement of costly relief goods.
Sources revealed that there were credible reports that the relief goods intended for poor rain victims, were distributed among irrelevant people, including the police and revenue officials as well as those recommended by local influential people. When asked for comments, Mirpurkhas DCO Ghulam Hussain Memon boldly admitted that he himself ordered for distribution of some relief bags among policemen, revenue officials and even to some media men because, they are also poor people.
Meanwhile, torrential rains that continued intermittently on Sunday also added to miseries of thousands of homeless rain victims staying at roadsides or in school buildings. Mosquito attacks and snake-bite incidents further worsened the already deteriorating situation. Water borne diseases have broken out among helpless rain victims, especially in children and women. Besides, diseases were also reported in cattle and several deaths are being reported daily. The dwellers and rain victims were compelled to sell their animals at very nominal prices. They complained that the district administration focused all their relief efforts only to the areas belonging to the ruling party’s members of parliament, whereas rest of population had been left at the mercy of cyclonic rains and possible floods in their areas.
Hundreds of villages and standing crops of cotton, chilies, sugarcane and vegetables on thousands of acres had inundated under 4 to 5 feet water. According to the Mirpurkhas DCO, the situation of LBOD banks are critical and breaches might occur any time. He said, The LBOD banks are being closely monitored round the clock, however, if the situation further worsened, Pak Army and Navy may be called for help in rescue efforts. At least five critical points at the LBOD banks have been identified, and work to strengthen these places is under progress, the DCO added.
However, Director Nara Canal Ghulam Mustafa Ujjan came up with totally opposite point of view, saying that situation was totally under control and normal, as the LBOD spine still has two feet capacity to hold rainwater. He claimed that even five more torrential rains like previous ones, cannot cause any critical situation in the LBOD spine drain.