WEB DESK – The First Investigation Report (FIR) of tragic accident that left at least 38 passengers charred to death on the RCD Highway, registered against the drivers who were also believed to be dead.
Equipped with the conventional limited foresight, the district police of Lasbella had lodged the case against deceased drivers of two passenger coaches, one pickup and one truck.
The police, while registering the FIR against four drivers, had strong reasons to believe that at least three of them were among those died burning during the horrible incident.
“Since the drivers have not been identified yet, the FIR has been registered against three unidentified drivers. There are obvious signs and our initial investigations also suggest that they were killed (in the accident) and actually it was their negligence which led to the tragedy,” Lasbella district police officer (DPO) Ahmed Nawaz Cheema said.
About the fourth driver, he said, the investigators believed that the driver of the fourth vehicle somehow remained safe and run away after the accident. Efforts were also being made to ascertain his fate and trace his whereabouts, he added.
At least 38 people were killed when two passenger coaches and a pickup rammed into an overturned truck on the RCD Highway near Hub. All the vehicles caught fire after the collision since at least one coach and the truck were allegedly carrying oil smuggled from Iran. The bodies of all the victims, some of them said to be employees of Pakistan Navy, were charred beyond recognition.
According to the Edhi Foundation sources, only one out of total deceased could be identified and handed over to the relatives for burial services. Moreover, the family members of the victims are camping outside the Edhi Foundation morgue and waiting their loved ones to be identified by DNA tests.