Stampede during ‘Ration’ distribution kills 11 including women, children

In a stampede that occurred during the distribution of “ration” to the families of workers by a private business situated in Karachi Site’s industrial area, at least 11 people including women and children were killed and five others were injured.

According to a statement of the Kemari police, the event resulted in the deaths of 11 people, including women and children, and the injuries of an five others.

Dr. Samiya Syed, police surgeon, had earlier stated that nine corpses had already been taken to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital. She noted that there were also seven ladies and two young girls among the deceased.

SSP Kemari said that the private company called the families of its workers to distribute “ration” at the company’s premises. He said that hundreds of women showed up, and the business employees shut the gates out of dread of a big gathering without making any preparations for the line or anything else. He said that the local police were also not notified.

A police squad headed by the site SP, DSP, SHO, and others arrived at the scene after receiving information about the incident. Women have been transferred to various institutions and some workers have been arrested for carelessness.

Three workers, including the manager and supervisor of the company, were held for failing to make the necessary preparations before distributing donations while the business’s proprietor was not present, the police said.

According to a representative of the Edhi foundation, two women’s corpses were sent to the Civil Hospital Karachi while six other women passed out and were taken to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital.

The Chief Minister of Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah has asked a report from the commissioner of Karachi after becoming aware of the incident.

The Chief Minister stated that the administration should receive frequent updates regarding the distribution of rations and welfare programs, and that the news of the deaths of nine individuals is extremely upsetting.