Sindh

Broken bolt caused Karachi amusement park incident: investigation report

A swing at an amusement park in the metropolis’s Sabzi Mandi area collapsed on Sunday night after its bolts broke, an initial report of the incident found today (Monday).
A 16-seater Evolution ride had fell apart late last night in Askari Park of the Old Sabzi Mandi area, killing 14-year-old Kashaf and wounding numerous others.
The initial report stated the swing fell apart after its ball bearings slipped as a result of the broken bolts.
The new ride was opened for a trial on Sunday but was closed right after the accident. Police later shut down the recently-opened park to the public.
‘Investigation being done through two aspects’
While talking to the media today, Commissioner Karachi Saleh Farooqui said that two aspects to the investigation were being pursued.
“If a criminal element was present, it would be presented during the investigation. The investigation would be conducted in a clear-cut manner,” he said.
The commissioner further added that all possible aid was being given to the wounded. Earlier today, 15 of the citizens wounded in the incident were sent home after receiving medical treatment.
However, one of the wounded — identified as Kifayat — is currently at the Jinnah Hospital while another citizen is under treatment at Civil Hospital’s trauma centre.
The commissioner also announced that an investigation was being launched in all amusements parks in Karachi. He added that no one has been arrested in connection with the incident so far.
Parks closed Sindh-wide until inspection
Farooqui had announced last night that the park would remain closed until a full technical check-up would be completed.
He further explained that legal action would be initiated against the park administration accordingly. The commissioner had further stated that he would look into how and from whom had the park obtained a no-objection certificate (NOC).
On the other hand, Sindh Chief Secretary Major (retd) Azam Suleman Khan formed a committee. A report will be submitted for the incident within the next 24 hours by the committee — to be led by the deputy commissioner for Karachi’s east district.
He also ordered the rides in all the parks throughout Sindh be closed until a thorough technical inspection was completed.