GUJRANWALA - Another person is reported to have died from the consumption of ‘intoxicating’ cough syrup on Sunday, taking the toll to 45 in five days across the province.

On the other hand, the public accused the authorities concerned of indifference towards the grave issue.

Reportedly Manzoor, a resident of Bilal Road died from the consumption of killer syrup in Civil Hospital. The citizens smelt involvement of drug inspectors in the entire saga that has gulped 45 lives. They were of the view that how could one sell such cough syrups ‘famous for addiction’ without taking them (officials) onboard, adding that it was the frequent deaths that proved blessings in disguise and unfolded the episode otherwise the Health Department officials had nothing to do with the public health or interest.

A distributor Usman while talking to The Nation said that big vendors usually use the multinational items but still there were many players who were involved in sale of medicines with serious precautions and needs doctor’s approval but were being sold without prescription in the market. He added that only due to profit some vendors were selling such salts which were prone to be deadly. Shakeel, a citizen, told this scribe that many cough syrups were famous for addiction and everybody knew this fact but sale of these syrups not accounted for till such heart-throbbing news were came to the fore.

Body found: The body of an unidentified woman was found from water well in Gujjar Kulla-Motra Village here the other day.

DSP Muhammad Waseem Akhtar told the newsmen that the age of the slain woman was around 35 years and the body bore scars of brutal torture on her neck, head and other parts.

He said that scars on the body confirmed that woman was brutally tortured before she was slaughtered with a sharp-edged weapon and later dumped into water well in the village.

Motra Police handed over the dead body to a local NGO namely Young Blood Foundation Daska for burial after autopsy at Daska Civil Hospital.

Motra Police have registered a case.