KARACHI: Laborers on Friday have staged protest against shifting of soybean ship from Karachi Port to Qasim Port for offloading in order to avoid further emission of dust in the area.
According to details, the workers have blocked roads leading to the port and demanded the local authorities to restore the unloading process.
Earlier, Commissioner of Karachi had forwarded a report on Keamari toxic gas issue to Chief Minister of Sindh (CM) Murad Ali Shah, stating that the particles of soybean dust were found in the blood samples of the victims. He also suggested to stop offloading of the soybean at Karachi Port.
The commissioner further assured the CM that the situation was under control as steps are being taken to handle the matter.
Meanwhile, Ships Agents Association strongly denied reports of dangerous gas emissions from soybean and said that soybean is not related to chemicals as it is an agricultural product.
Soybean is being handled at the port without any damage for years and no one from the workers on the ship got affected by it, the association said.
The statement further claimed that first victim of the poisonous gas was admitted in the hospital even before the ship got anchored.