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Crackdown on illegal gas filling agencies


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District management Rawalpindi has issued orders to seal 1066 illegal gas filling LPG agencies on Wednesday Jan 23. Civil Defense Department conducted a survey on Deputy Commissioner Doctor Jahangir order in the entire district against distributors and agencies involved in the illegal filling of gas.

It was told in the survey report that 1066 LPG illegal agencies and distributors are operating in 7 Tehsils of Rawalpindi and including Murree, Kotli Sattian, Kalar Syedan, Taxila, Kahuta, Gujar Khan, while only 400 agencies are the license holder.

At least five people were injured, including three children, on January 15 when a gas cylinder exploded in a Rawalpindi home.

District Civil Defense Officer Talib Hussain said that red notices have been issued to owners of illegal agencies and massive crackdown will be launched and equipment will be confiscated. The LPG cylinders and their refilling have been in great demand since the load shedding of gas during cold weather has irked the citizens.

At one side, LPG cylinders are a good alternative in absence of gas; the risks related to the consumption can’t be ignored. The cylinder blasts have claimed many lives only during this season; every year, during the winters, the number of blasts and causalities increase.

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At least five people were injured, including three children, on January 15 when a gas cylinder exploded in a Rawalpindi home. Similarly, on January 21, a gas explosion in a marriage hall severely injured five labourers who were shifted to Holy Family Hospital as rescue teams reached the location.

In another incident, on the same day a gas blast occurred in a house of People’s Colony, Rawalpindi, in the result, an elderly man namely Muhammad Razzak died after being injured. His body was shifted to District Headquarter Hospital (DHQ) for postmortem.