KARACHI: Karachi Police on Tuesday registered the first information report (FIR) against the killing of two minor brothers due to allegedly eating unhealthy food from a local restaurant.
The case was registered at Sahil Police Station by victims’ father in which Sections 272 and 322 of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) were added.
Earlier on Sunday, the police had sealed an up-scale eatery after two minor siblings, a one-and-a-half-year-old and a five-year-old, died on Sunday afternoon of ‘food poisoning’.
Initial reports suggested that the family had dined out at Defence Housing Authority’s (DHA) Arizona Grill restaurant and also consumed candy from a shop outside Chunky Monkey amusement park located in Phase IV, DHA.
However, the mother-sons trio had fallen ill the next morning and were rushed to a hospital in a critical condition, said police. The mother, though out of danger, is still under treatment.
Responding to the incident, the police sealed both the restaurant and the playland, from which the candies were purchased by the two children, and have launched an investigation into the incident. Also, the food samples from the eatery have been sent to the Sindh Food Authority (SFA) for examination.
The police further formed an inquiry committee which has been tasked to give its findings in the next three days. Further, the police also decided to include the husband and brother of the affected woman into the investigation.
According to media reports, the police have collected food samples in the refrigerator present in the home of the affected family.
Also, the family has given permission to carry out the post-mortem of one of the deceased children which may prove to be crucial in the progress of the investigation.
It may be mentioned here that the SFA had placed the now sealed eatery in the list of places serving unhygienic food. It had also issued a notice to the joint to improve the quality of their food.
Meanwhile, Sindh CM Murad Ali Shah and Governor Imran Ismail have taken notice of the incident and summoned report from the authorities concerned.
CM Murad has instructed that a report be submitted of the last time the two facilities underwent an inspection, with details of the inspection mechanism clearly outlined. He has also issued instructions for the identification of government institutions whose negligence could have contributed to this incident.
Meanwhile, Sindh IG Kaleem Imam also took notice of the incident after it was reported on various media outlets. The Sindh police chief has also sought a detailed report from SSP Shah to be submitted at the earliest.