Garment factory inferno case: SHC orders getting DNA reports within 10 days

Karachi: The Sindh High Court SHC on Thursday directed police and other concerned authorities to obtained DNA test reports from the concerned laboratory at Islamabad at earliest but not later than 10 days.

The court was hearing identical petitions seeking a judicial inquiry into fire incident at a Karachi garment factory Ali Enterprises – in which 258 people were burnt alive.

Headed by Justice Maqbool Baqar, the division bench directed the Inspector General of Police IGP Sindh to depute police officials to Islamabad to obtain the concerned DNA test reports, so that the bodies of the victims may be handed over to the respective legal heirs and such exercise be concluded within 15 days from today without fail.

The court also directed the investigation officer to make his fullest endeavour, so that the above directive may be complied with and the compliance report be submitted that by the 16th day from today.

The court observed that it had early directed the relevant respondents to expedite the exercise of identification of the bodies, so that the heirs may burry them and their agony be reduced at least to some level. However, court expressed displeasure over the fact that despite such orders passed by the court from time to time, till date DNA reports of seven bodies only have been received out of the 33 unidentified bodies.

The court observed that, “It is also unfortunate that till date, despite several directives, the report of the Tribunal, constituted by the provincial government to probe into the subject incident, has not been submitted that by them”.

Therefore it again directed official respondents to submit tribunal report of the incident.

Additional advocate general Shafi Muhammad Memon submitted comments on behalf of secretary labour department regarding compensation given to legal heirs of victims of incident.

He submitted that Rs400000 compensation for family of each deceased as announced by prime minister already has been distributed among legal heirs of 214 deceased person, adding compensation of Rs300000 per family announced by Sindh chief minister also has been distributed among 214 legal heirs of deceased.

The court observed that in this regard it is painful to note that despite categorical orders from this court, a comprehensive and detailed report as to by whom and what amounts of compensation have been announced for the victims as how much of such announced amounts has been received and as to how much of received amounts has been disbursed.

Therefore, the court directed the official respondents to submit comprehensive and detailed report in this regard.

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