BAHAWALPUR – The initial investigation reports have suggested that the Motorway Police is responsible for the Ahmed Pur East oil tanker inferno.

The report says that the deadly incident took place due to the negligence of the police personnel.

At least 160 people burnt alive during the tragedy.

The tragedy took place when on Sunday, the speeding tanker carrying 40,000 liters of fuel overturned on the main highway while traveling from Karachi to Lahore.

The driver lost control when the vehicle blew a tire. A large crowd of people gathered, many to collect fuel in containers.

According to the report, at the time of the tragedy, the police were changing their shift. The officials of the first shift left their positions well before the second shift could take over their duties.

The Tribune reports that the incident would not have taken place if the motorway police could cordon off the incident site.

The probe report of the Ahmedpur Sharqia incident has been sent to Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif.

The local SHO and assistant commissioner Ahmedpur Sharqia also reached the scene late, the report added.

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