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Case yet to be registered in Askari park tragedy

July 16, 2018
The park has now been sealed

A case has yet to be registered in the Askari Amusement Park tragedy as the police are still waiting for the family of Kashaf, the deceased child, to register a report.

According to the police, if no one from the child’s family comes forward, they will register a case on behalf of the state. They have summoned two contractors, identified as Imran Sheikh and Shafqat, who were involved in the installation of the rides at the park.

On the other hand, the brother of Kashaf said that he was not allowed to take the ride. “They said the seat has some fault so you should take another ride,” he said. “Then, the ride suddenly went up and then came crashing down.”

Ride fell apart due to broken bolt: report

The ride at the Askari Amusement Park fell apart as the main bolt that held it broke, says an initial investigation report.

The crime scene investigation of District East prepared the report after the caretaker CM ordered an inquiry. According to initial findings, the ride named Discovery fell apart due to the broken bolt.

On Sunday, one of the rides at the park collapsed at around 10:30pm, killing a child on the spot. At least 18 others were injured. The park administration was nowhere to be seen after the incident. People took it upon themselves to take the injured to medical facilities.

The park has now been sealed.

A number of people have voiced their concerns over the horrific incident. The mayor, Wasim Akhtar, questioned how the park was making children take the rides without testing and safety precautions. “If you are operating the swings on trial basis, you should not let children take the rides,” he said.

“Not everything should be commercialised,” said MQM leader Dr Farooq Sattar. “Parks should not be used for commercial purposes.”

PTI leader Imran Ismail asked if there was an authority to look into the quality of swings at parks. PSP leader Raza Haroon termed it negligence.

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