KARACHI: A six-member team has been constituted to investigate into the Keamari poisonous gas leakage mystery that had resulted in the death of 14 people, police told the media on Monday.
The team will be led by Muqaddas Haider, SSP City, and will identify the people responsible for the distribution of toxic gases in the area.
Last week the Karachi Commissioner forwarded the report in the same case to Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah.
The commissioner stated in the report that soy dust particles were found in the blood samples of the victims. He suggested stopping the unloading of soybeans in the port of Karachi.
The Commissioner assured CM that the situation had been brought under control when measures were taken to address the matter.
SAA denies reports of harmful gas emissions from soybeans
The Ship Agents Association has strongly denied the reports of harmful gas emissions from soybeans and said that soybeans have nothing to do with chemicals because ‘it is an agricultural product’.
The association said that the handling of soybeans in the port has not been damaged for many years and that no one on board has been affected by the soybeans.
The statement also claims that even before the ship was anchored, the first toxic gas victim was already in the hospital.
On the other hand, the provincial government of Sindh has issued a consultation on the basis of which soy dust can cause itching of the mouth, eczema, sore throat and respiratory obstruction.
ICCBS recommends that soy dust causes respiratory problems
Previously, the International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS) revealed that “exposure to soy dust” the local population in Keamari, Karachi caused serious respiratory diseases.
The report recommends taking bronchodilators and antihistamines for hospital patients. It also advises local authorities to be extra careful when unloading soybean containers.
The report reads: “Note that epidemics related to soy dust exposure have been reported earlier in the rest of the world and are associated with morbidity and mortality.”
SEA rejects ICCBS report on toxic gases
On the other hand, the All Pakistani Solvent Extractors Association rejected the report and stated that the first patient was in the hospital even before the soybeans were unloaded.
“None of the around 400 labourers and ship crew who are involved in the discharge operation has been affected,” the statement said.
“The vessel was thoroughly inspected by the Department of Plant Protection after it arrived in Pakistan and they found nothing,” the association said.