Chandigarh, Oct 22 (PTI) An advocate on Monday petitioned the Punjab and Haryana High court, seeking a probe by the CBI or a special investigation team into the accident in Amritsar, where at least 59 people watching a Dussehra event were run over by a passing train.
Dinesh Kumar Dakoria said in his petition that the police should have registered an FIR against people who organised the Dussehra event close to railway tracks on Friday.
Former Amritsar-East MLA Navjot Kaur Sidhu, who was the chief guest at the event, State of Punjab, Indian Railways and local area councillor’s son Saurabh Madan ‘Mithu’, the main organiser of the programme, have been made respondents in the case.
The petition is expected to be placed before the bench headed by Chief Justice Krishna Murari on Tuesday.
“It is unfortunate that nobody is taking responsibility of the said uncalled incident, even the Indian Railways department has said that they are not responsible,” he said in his petition, adding that even the person who was present at the event as chief guest is “running away,” he has said in his petition.
Dakoria has said that the versions of Amritsar authorities “are contrary” and appear to be a cover-up. The Punjab government has ordered a magisterial probe into the accident.
The petitioner sought directions for monitoring the probe by the high court, “besides directions for setting up a commission under retired/sitting justices (judges) for assessment and estimation of personal losses for granting adequate compensation.”
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