Nine persons including two children lost their lives while more than 37 others received injuries when a speeding coach over-turned at Indus Highway near Sunn Town of district Jamshoro, some 90 kilometres from here on Tuesday morning.
According to the police, the Karachi-bound coach carrying more than 45 passengers was coming from Osta Muhammad Town of Balochistan via Shahdadkot. When it reached near Dari Ganjhi bus stop, the driver lost control over the bus while overtaking a truck and turned turtle.
The deceased were identified as Shahzad Ahmed, Sher Khan Baloch, Sakir Khan Baloch, Jameel Baloch, Husna Brohi, Ajeena, Kainat, 5-year-old Naimat Bhatti and cleaner of the coach, Shaukat Jamali.
The rescue workers reached the spot and shifted the deceased to different hospitals of Sunn, Manjhand as well as Liaquat University Hospital, Jamshoro and Hyderabad Branches. The injured persons include Arfa Mangi, Bushra Mangi, Javed Baloch, Saeed Ahmed Bhatti, Fayyaz Baloch, Shah Muhammad, Gull Khan, Mumtaz Ali, Abdur Rasheed, Sameer Ahmed, Ayub Magsi, Zubaida Bibi, Ghulam Fareed Magsi, Sajid Baloch, Irfana Mangi, Nazia Bhatti, Asia and Gulfam. Most of the injured were discharged after treatment while five were in critical condition.
Injured passengers admitted at civil hospital Hyderabad told that they were coming from Osta Muhammad Town of Balochistan and the coach was carrying over 45 passengers. The driver was over-speeding the coach and driving it recklessly, they said, adding the ill-fated coach met the accident while over-taking a truck.
Later, the road was cleared for traffic and the coach was removed from the road by using a crane. Police also collected baggage of the passengers from the scene and shifted it to police station.
Meanwhile, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Hyderabad Irfan Baloch has said that law and order situation in the city is under control as the police are taking strict action against criminals. Speaking at a meeting with traders at Hyderabad Chamber of Small Traders and Small Industries on Tuesday, the SSP said Hyderabad had turned into a haven for outlaws and criminals belonging to different areas, who used to commit crime hers and then escape to their native places. He said the police, however, took taken stern action against the criminals and successfully conducted operations against them in their native districts. A large number of outlaws were apprehended in such operations. Many criminals were killed while 250 were nabbed in injured condition after encounters, he added.
SSP Baloch said illegal encroachments had already been removed from different localities of Hyderabad and Qasimabad while the anti-encroachment operation would also be conducted in Phuleli, Pinjari, Site and other areas of the city.
He said police commandoes would be deployed in the city during the Ramazan to maintain law and order and avert any untoward incident. He said 15 police united had been enhanced to four in the city. The SSP said Hyderabad police would soon set up a facilitation center at the CPLC Office at Auto Bahn Road to assist the citizens in resolving their minor issues and problems. Hyderabad Chamber president Akram Ansari lauded the services of SSP Irfan Baloch for restoring peace in Hyderabad, saying law and order had improved that citizens could go out for shopping at night without any fear.