Amritsar : Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh has ordered magisterial probe into the Amritsar train tragedy in which 61 people were mowed down by a speeding train.
Amritsar train tragedy
The CM also said that 70 others among the Dussehra revelers were injured as the Jalandhar-Amritsar Diesel Multiple Unit passenger train mowed them down at Jora phatak. Amarinder Singh, who reached the accident site on Saturday from Delhi, said, “An inquiry will find out who is at fault and who is not. Let them come up with the report.”
Punjab cabinet minister Navjot Singh Siddhu defended his wife Navjot Kaur Sidhu, who accused of leaving the accident site without bothering about the victims. She was the chief guest at the Dussehra event at that time. He said when allegations were made against her, she was attending to patients at the hospital.
Magisterial probe ordered in Amritsar train tragedy
Northern Railway’s Chief Public Relations Officer (CPRO) Deepak Kumar ascertained that preliminary questioning with the driver has been conducted and prima-facie, he is not being seen at fault.
CPRO Kumar said, “To ascertain the cause of the accident, everyone involved is questioned. The driver has been a part of the investigation and there is no suspension as of yet. Prima facie, he is not being seen at fault, he was driving the train at its regular speed. Amritsar-Howrah mail had passed the same spot two minutes before the accident occurred.”
He also asserted that a loco pilot cannot suddenly apply break to a speeding train as it can put life of passengers on stake. “There is a curvature at the spot of the accident. It affects the visibility and the incident also happened during the dark so visibility was certainly low,” he added.
Amritsar Train Tragedy
President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other leaders of political parties on Friday expressed shock and grief over the tragedy. “Heartfelt condolences to bereaved families,” Kovind tweeted. Modi said, “My deepest condolences to the families of those who lost their loved ones and I pray that the injured recover quickly. Have asked officials to provide immediate assistance that is required.”