Quetta - The death toll of horrific Gadani Ship-breaking Yard oil tanker has mounted up to 26 as four more severely burnt labourers died in Karachi Civil Hospital on Sunday.

According to details, the two of the four labourers died Sunday named Alam and Hassan Rasool who sustained burn injuries when oil tanker caught fire at Gadani ship-breaking yard. As many as 56 people are still under treatment at various hospitals.

It is worth mentioning here that the oil tanker was anchored at ship-breaking yard for scrap, however, the incident of inferno took place due to negligence of the concerned authorities of Gadani Ship-breaking Yard when more than 90 labourers were hired for scrape of the dysfunctional ship.

The manager of oil tanker along with four others were apprehended after the fire tragedy happened and they have now been shifted to CIA Center Hub from Gadani Police Station, revealed the police sources, adding the four-member police team would inspect the oil tanker wreckage on Sunday night.

Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Sanaullah Khan Zehri taking notice of the fire incident at Gadani Ship-breaking Yard had suspended Manager Gadani and other key officers over negligence. The initiative was taken by chief minister in the light of initial probe of the Gadani ship inferno.

A committee led by Chief Secretary Balochistan Saifullah Chatta has already been constituted to probe the incident in order to unveil the causes of gruesome tragedy.

“Foure more wounded from the Gadani shipyard have died, so the new toll is now 26,” Zulfiqar Hashmi, a government official, told AFP. “One person died at home after being discharged from hospital while three others expired in hospital,” he said.

Muhammad Hashim, commissioner of Kalat region of which Gadani is a part, confirmed the new toll.

Later, around 50 people blocked a highway connecting Gadani to Karachi to protest what they said was insufficient care for those injured in the blast.

They lay the body of one dead worker on the road and chanted slogans against the government, demanding better medical care for the wounded and compensation for the families of the dead.

Hashim said the government was trying to negotiate with the protesters and was working towards finalising compensation offers for the grieving relatives.