CHITRAL: A flying coach carrying 18 passengers from Peshawar met with an accident at Saeedabad early on Saturday, badly exposing claims of the divisional and district administrations about sealing of entry points to Chitral to avoid the spread of coronavirus.
The wagon directly reached Chitral without being checked at any point and crossed the Lowari tunnel without the passengers going through screening or being quarantined at Ashiret or Drosh.
The district administration of Lower Chitral has been claiming that public passenger vehicles are not allowed entry to Chitral and all natives of Chitral returning from different cities in private vehicles were being screened at Ashiret and Drosh and then shifted to quarantine centres for 14 days as a precautions against the spread of COVID-19.
The KP government has also banned public transport from one city to another and Lowari tunnel has been closed for public transport vehicles in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Two days ago, the commissioner of Malakand division specifically mentioned Chitral saying due to the stringent measures and sealing of its entry points there was no case of the coronavirus in Chitral.
But Rescue 1122 officials told ChitralToday that they received information about a road accident at 4:10am on Saturday and reached the spot at Saeedabad. They said a flying coach carrying 18 people from Peshawar had overturned after hitting a stone along the road.
Three persons were injured in the accident while the other passengers had sustained minor wounds. They were provided first aid in the rescue ambulance and later the three injured were shifted to the District Headquarters Hospital.
Sources in the hospital also confirmed to ChitralToday that the three injured people were brought to the hospital admitted.
The injured were identified by Rescue 1122 as Bans Nazar and his daughter from Yarkhun and a woman from Torkhow.
ChitralToday correspondent met Assistant Commissioner Chitral Abdul Wali Khan who also confirmed the accident and ordered an inquiry to ascertain facts how the passenger vehicle had reached Chitral from Peshawar under the lockdown.–GH Farooqui