Senate Standing Committee on Human Rights has taken notice of death of 13 citizens in Dera Ismail Khan. Meanwhile the funeral prayer of the deceased has been offered and Commissioner DI Khan has formed three-member committee for probe into the matter.
The Chairman of Committee Senator Afrasiab Khatak talking to SANA exclusively has said that the report would be summoned from local administration. He demanded of the government to take action against district administration.
Meanwhile residents protested against the local administration after 13 people were killed from toxic material at a Sugar Mill here.
On other hand the Police registered a First Information Report (FIR) in the Dera Ismail khan incident in which chemical waste coming out of Chasma Sugar Mills-2 claimed the lives of 13 people including five of a family.
Seven people including the owner of the mill was charged in the FIR while six officials of the Mills had been arrested so far. The owner, according to police, was still absconding and a search was in progress for his arrest.
The funeral of the deceased had been held while the affected families blocked the Indus Highway near Ranak to protest the incident.
Soon after the funerals, angry villagers also pelted stones at the main gate of the mill and broke open its gate.
The police also resorted to tear gas shelling and stray firing to disperse the angry crowd and more force had been called in from Dera Ismail Khan to control the situation.
Khyber Pakthunkhwa Chief Minister Pervaiz Khattak had taken notice of the incident and had said that those responsible would be taken to task.
The water channel, usually crossed on foot by the locals, is less than two feet deep and mainly carries waste from the mill. Most of the people used to cross the water channel in Ramak’s Paloon area on a daily basis for different activities and farming.
It is worth mentioning here that on Friday, 13 people were killed after they inhaled toxic fumes from a water canal flowing from the sugar mills. After the funeral prayers of the deceased, residents protested outside the sugar mill and broke the main gate. Protesters entered the mill and set fire to a tractor. Police used tear gas and baton charged the protestors to disperse them.
Assistant Commissioner Irfanullah Mehsud said compensation would be announced for the families of the deceased. Police have lodged a case and arrested seven people including the General Manager of the sugar mill.