LAHORE Three persons were killed while 12 others, including two women, suffered multiple burn injuries when a gas cylinder installed in a Raiwind-Lahore route passenger van exploded during the filling of gas at a CNG station in the Chung police precincts on Saturday. The injured were rushed to the Jinnah Hospital where three of them were stated to be in danger. Emergency Service Rescue 1122 and Edhi Foundation officials told that a passenger van (G-006) was heading from the City Raiwand towards the provincial capital while carrying around 15 people onboard. When the van reached near Elaka Nawab Saheb Stop in Chung area at about 2:00 pm, the driver took the van to a local CNG station for gas filling as the worker of the CNG started filling the gas in the cylinder, it exploded with a big bang, an eyewitness said. As a result, over 15 people sustained multiple injuries. Meanwhile, the Rescue 1122 and Edhi Foundation ambulances reached the spot within minutes after being informed and started rescue operation. Three persons succumbed to injuries on the spot while we shifted 12 others to the Jinnah Hospital, Edhi official said. The deceased persons were identified as Yuhanna, 30, resident of Green Town, Junaid, 10, resident of Narang Mundi and 35-year-old Faqeer Muhammad. The bodies of two deceased persons were handed over to their families while the family of Faqeer Muhammad had not reached the hospital till the filing of this report. The injured were identified as Hanif, 40, Naveed, 20, Bilqees, 30, Farrukh, 40, Moazzam Ali, 26, Sorraya Bibi, 40, Zohaib, 15, Ali Sher, 35, Ehsan, 42, Nauman, 18 and Aslam 33. The incident created panic among the commuters and the workers of CNG station and they rushed from the spot to save their lives considering the incident as bomb blast. The incident also created traffic mess on Multan Road due to which long queues of vehicles were witnessed on the road. The road users got stuck on road for over two hours. Local police also reached the spot and collected evidence. A senior police officer on the issued said that action would be taken against the owner of the CNG station if he was found guilty. However, the owner of CNG station has claimed that a sub-standard low-capacity cylinder was installed in the van which had resulted into the explosion. Police investigators, however, have impounded the van and started investigating the incident. They told apparently the incident seemed an accident but we have been investigating the incident from various aspects.