GUJRANWALA - Death toll from Satellite Town Shopping centre collapse has been reached to 14 and search operation is still continued in full vigour.

Moreover, a criminal case has been registered against the owner of the building while the Punjab CM has announced Rs200,000 for each of the bereaved families. Special Coordinator to CM Rao Aneesur Rehman visited the market and directed the administration for early completion of the rescue work.

As per detail, removal of debris and search operation continued till Saturday evening and rescue workers found four bodies early in morning while five more bodies till evening which raised the number of causalities to 14 on the second day of the incident.

It was learnt that three shops constructed four decades ago were merged into one for a shopping centre in the market and the owner of the building had received Rs0.6 million for the construction of two more floors of the building. Both roofs of upper floors were constructed without adopting any legal procedure and approval of the TMA Nandiupur. Both floors were being constructed on a single brick walls i-e 4.5 inches width which is termed very dangerous in construction and unfortunately it caved in after the blast of a cylinder in the adjacent building, claiming 14 precious lives.

Assistant to CM Rao Aneesur Rehman visited the affected building along with Commissioner Abdul Jabbar Shaheen, the DCO, RPO, CPO and other officers and announced a grant of Rs200,000 for each of the bereaved families. On the occasion, he was told that a case under Sections 322 & 427 PPC had been lodged against the owner of the building namely Sajid Naeem, son of Muhammad Naeem while the DCO was conducting an inquiring into the matter and would submit a report within 24 hours.

The Special Coordinator directed the administration to take special measures for the treatment of the injured as well as conduct a survey to chalk out a strategy to avoid such occurrences in the future.

He also visited DHQ hospital and inquired after the injured. On the occasion, the Medical Superintendent informed him that six out of nine injured had been discharged from the hospital while one had been referred to Mayo Hospital Lahore due to his critical condition.