SUKKUR-Relief goods worth millions of rupees were looted late on Wednesday night from warehouses in Labour Colony where Sukkur administration had set up the biggest tent city for rain-hit families.

The Sindh government and Pakistan Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) had sent truckloads of relief goods such as dinner sets, cutlery sets, tea sets, pedestrian fans, and other necessary home appliances, mosquito nets, and ration bags to the city administration for the rain-stricken families, which were stored in the warehouses.

The former city mayor, Barrister Arsalan Islam Sheikh, along with city administration held distribution programme which took a chaotic turn as people took away relief goods from the stock.

As soon as the programme was over, the truckloads of the relief items were stashed in four storerooms under the watch of police but at midnight, refugees allegedly broke into the warehouses after breaking open locks and stole the relief items.

Several internally displaced persons complained to media persons that a number of refugees staying at the tent city were criminals from Karampur, Ghouspur, Bakshapur, Kandhkot-Kashmore and Jacobabad districts, who had taken refuge there and were involved in looting, maligning the real rain-affected families.

They demanded the city administration and police check each IDP thoroughly and verify his criminal record as well so that the imposters could be dislodged from flats and tent city, and the real rain-hit families be provided with facilities.

Pakistan Peoples Party’s senior politician and Federal Minister for Water Resources Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah was said to have directed the local party members and the city administration to distribute the relief goods among the IDPs in a systemic way through given lists during three-day episode, rather than giving it through a grand programme.

Meanwhile, the local PPP leadership, reportedly, would be asked at party level as to how chaotic situation developed and why they failed to distribute the relief items as per directed by the party leader Mr Shah, and finally as to how criminal elements were not stopped from looting the relief items.