Fire incident: CM removes DC Dadu, suspends DHO, AC Mehar

KARACHI  -  Sindh Chief Minister (CM) Syed Murad Ali Shah taking serious notice of the fire incident in village Faiz Mohammad Duryani Chandio, taluka Mehar, district Dadu has removed deputy commissioner Dadu and placed the services of DHO and assistant commissioner under suspension. It may be recalled that a mysterious fire erupted in village Faiz Mohammad Duryani of district Dadu on April 17 at around 9pm and within half an hour it spread in the entire village and reduced over 50 houses to ashes, perished 160 livestock and killed nine children. The chief minister personally visited the village next day and announced compensation for the affected families and ordered an inquiry under Secretary Home Saeed Mangnijo. In the light of the inquiry, the chief minister has ordered removal of Deputy Commissioner (DC) Dadu Samiullah Shaikh and placed the services of District Health Officer (DHO) Dr Abdul Hameed Shaikh, BPS-20, and Assistant Commissioner (AC) Mehar Faheem Lakhair under suspension for their failure to respond to the incident in time. The chief minister has posted Syed Murtaza Shah as new deputy commissioner Dadu and directed him to take necessary urgent measures for the restoration of the unfortunate village and welfare of the villagers.

Compensation cheques given

to heirs of Dadu fire victims

On the directives of the Prime Minister (PM) Shehbaz Sharif, compensation cheques were given to the heirs of fire victims of village Faiz Muhammad Chandio of Mehar taluka of district Dadu.

A ceremony was held here on Saturday in which member operation NDMA Brigadier (R) Waseem uddin distributed cheques Rs300,000 each for the dead and Rs100,000 for the injured from the fire incident.

The Director PDMA Ahsan Siddiqui, Director PDMA Sindh Nafees Ahmed, Deputy Commissioner (DC) Dadu Samiullah Nisar Shaikh and Additional Deputy Commissioner –I Ghulam Yaseen Abbasi were also present on the occasion.

Talking to media, officers said that relief goods sent by the government had already been provided to the fire victims while the prime minister had also announced a compensation amount of Rs10 million which was being paid to the victims. They said that although compensation cheques can not replace loss of lives but can mitigate the sufferings of fire victims to some extent.

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