88 oil tanker victims identified through DNA tests


BAHAWALPUR JULY 20 (TNS): The number of victims of June 25 oil tanker tragedy that occurred near Ahmedpur Sharqia has reached to 88 through DNA tests received by the local administration from the laboratory in Lahore.

Ahmedpur East Assistant Commissioner Mahar Abdul Rauf, said through the tests the heirs of the victims were identified and were taken to the tagged graves of their loved ones at Basti Azam Joya graveyard. He said that more DNA test results were expected within a week.

So far none of the heirs of any identified victim had applied to the court of additional district and session judge for exhumation of any body for reburial at their native places,” he said.

District Accounts Officer (DAO) Farhan Hamdani said that so far his office has cleared 227 compensation cheques for payment to the victims’ legal heirs and those injured in the incident. He said of these cheques, 165 were worth Rs2 million each for the victims, while the remaining 62 given to the injured were worth Rs1m each.


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