Pakistan Railways accused its employees of violating rules and risking passengers’ lives as recently a video got viral on social media which showed 2 drums of kerosene oil being carried in two bogies of Khyber Mail Train.
People are not allowed to travel on trains with cooking stoves, oil containers, or any other highly flammable item.
A passenger at the Khanpur Railway station made the video which got viral.
As per the authorities, the 2 drums were going to be dropped off at Multan and Changa Manga.
Trains are the most popular travel means in Pakistan which is usually used by the lower and middle-class groups. The bogies are overcrowded and most of the trains are in poor condition.
Last year on October 31st, Tezgam Express caught fire near Rahim Yar Khan. The train was heading to Rawalpindi from Karachi and caught fire near the Tanwari Railway Station. The incident took the lives of 74 people and injured more than 40 people.
Railways Minister Sheikh Rasheed and other railway authorities said that it was the fault of the passengers who were traveling with cylinders. The Tableeghi Jamaat Passengers were carrying gas cylinders with them and were cooking food. While cooking, one cylinder exploded and caused the fire.
But as per the Railways report, it was not the passengers’ fault rather it was the authority’s fault. The fire erupted in bogies 11 and 12 where the dining car manager and waiters had set up a makeshift kitchen.
Although the incident occurred due to the gas cylinders it did not occur due to the passengers. The train caught fire first later the cylinders exploded.