LAYYAH/Multan - Poisonous sweet killed seven persons including three brothers while 20 others have been admitted to Nishtar Hospital Multan in critical condition.

The incident occurred in Fatehpur Chak No-105 ML of Tehsil Karor Lal Esan when one Umar Hayat brought sweets from a nearby shop located at chowk-111 and distributed it among relatives to celebrate the birth of his grandson.

The deceased brothers were identified as 20-year-old Irfan, four-year-old Shahbaz and 22-year-old Ramazan. Police sources said that the victims had taken poisonous sweet on Tuesday and three of them died at their homes while four at Nishtar Hospital. The condition of eight affectees at the Nishtar Hospital is stated to be precarious.

Sources disclosed that the samples of the killer sweet were sent for lab examination and the outlet was sealed. The owner of the sweet shop escaped after the incident but his brother namely Khalid Mahmood was arrested. The residents of the area told journalists that one Muhammad Sajjad celebrated the birth of his first child and distributed sweet in the village bought from the suspected shop. "As soon as the people took the sweet, their condition started deteriorating. Three persons died due to delay in treatment while 27 others including 10 children, two women and 15 men were rushed to Nishtar Hospital Multan," the residents added. The Medical Superintendent of Nishtar Hospital Dr Ashiq Malik told media that four persons died at the hospital while the remaining were being treated. Those who died at the hospital included Khizar Hayat, 25, Shahbaz, 13, Muhammad Ramzan, 22 and Muhammad Irfan 22. Hospital sources said that the condition of eight affectees was critical.

The affectees being treated at Nishtar Hospital included Sher Muhammad, Bashir Ahmad, Umar Hayat, Sikandar Hayat, Zahida bibi, Muhammad Ameen, Muhammad Irshad, Zahida, Irfan, Bilal, Farzana, Iram, Muhammad Sajjad, Haseeb, Sarwar Ali, Hamza, Ayesha, Sanwal, Adnan Ali, Hasnain Ali, Akbar Ali and Ismail.

The reports reaching here from Layyah disclosed that the EDO Health Layyah visited the affected village along with police officials and issued order for sending the affectees to hospitals for treatment. The EDO also sent for examination the samples of sweet taken from the suspected shop and the house of the affected family. Layyah police registered a case against the accused shopkeeper and raids were being conducted to arrest him.

Meanwhile, the funeral prayer of the deceased was held in Layyah and they were laid to rest in local cemetery.

Talking to The Nation, EDO Health Dr Ameer Abdullah said the sweets shop had been sealed. Fateh Pour SHO Waseem Bokhari said police registered a case against owners of the shop.