Irfan Ali Baloch, a senior police official, said around 400 women had arrived at the dyeing company in Karachi’s Sindh Industrial and Trading Estate (SITE) . Fearing a large crowd, the company staff closed the doors as there were no arrangements in place for organising a queue.
The people panicked and started pushing each other to collect the food. Some fell into a nearby drain, police said, adding that several women fainted.
Baloch said the factory owner, identified as Zulfiqar, would be arrested soon. Mukhtiar Abro, a senior administrative official, said the owner had not obtained a no-objection certificate, nor asked for security.
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