LAHORE: Six labourers were injured when the roof of a factory collapsed in Shadbagh on Monday.

Rescue officials said they received a call at around 8:50am that the roof of Nimko Food Factory located near China Scheme Road, Bhagatpura, had collapsed due to an “explosion”.

The caller said it was feared that workers were also trapped under debris.

Rescue 1122 dispatched five vehicles to the spot.

Rescue workers searched the site and shifted two victims to the Mayo Hospital and four others were administered first aid.

The building was cleared after a search operation. The two taken to hospital, identified as Aqeel and Shafique, were said to be stable.

Police and rescue officials said the building was in a dilapidated condition.

Initial investigations suggested the accident occurred due to a cylinder blast. However, further investigation will help ascertain facts.

Rasheed, a witness, said he was going to his shop when he heard an explosion followed by screams. He said all of a sudden the roof of the factory caved in, adding that people nearby rushed to the spot and started a rescue operation after alerting Rescue 1122.

Police said they were investigating the incident and were yet to ascertain the cause of explosion.

shot dead: A teenage boy was allegedly shot dead over a dispute in Shahdara on Monday.

Police said Osama, 17, of Lajpat Road was standing in the street outside his house when his neighbour, Rana Nisar, approached him. The boys had an argument over an issue when Osama’s uncle Aizazur Rehman reached there and settled the matter.

Police said Nisar went home, came back with a gun and shot at and injured Osama and fled from the scene. Osama suffered critical wounds and was taken to a nearby hospital where he died.

Police shifted the body to morgue for autopsy, collected forensic evidences from the scene and recorded statements of witnesses.

Later, police also registered a murder case against Nisar and started an investigation.

SUICIDE: A 50-year-old man allegedly committed suicide in Sanda on Monday.

Police said Sufyan Ahmad of Fazalia Colony was going through a financial crisis and committed suicide after hanging himself from the ceiling fan at his house. His family spotted the body and alerted police.

Police reached the spot and shifted the body to morgue for autopsy and recorded statements of witnesses. They later handed over the body to the heirs after completing legal formalities.

Published in Dawn January 3rd, 2017

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