Amritsar (Punjab): Hours after Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh said that the inquiry report of the Amritsar train tragedy in which over 60 people were crushed by a speeding train will come after four weeks, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) President Sukhbir Singh Badal on Saturday alleged that the Congress government is not taking the incident seriously. Also Read - ‘Totally Unconstitutional’: Punjab CM Amarinder Singh Says He Will Move SC Over New Farm Bills
Speaking at a press conference, the SAD chief said that an FIR should be registered on the statements of the victims of the Amritsar train tragedy. “The present government is taking the accident lightly as CM is saying that inquiry report will come after 4 weeks. FIR should be registered on the statements of the victims. Inquiry should be done by an independent agency,” Sukhbir Singh Badal said. Also Read - 'Distressed' Over Centre's Passage of Farm Bills, Punjab CM Amarinder Singh to Hold Sit-in Today
Earlier in the day, Captain Amarinder Singh said the Jalandhar Divisional Commissioner will conduct an inquiry within four weeks into the Amritsar train tragedy in which 59 people were mowed down by a speeding train. Amarinder Singh, who reached the accident site on Saturday, said the inquiry will look into all aspects, including whether the train followed the signals and if there was any trespassing. Also Read - President Signs Farm Bills Into Laws: Maha Refuses to Implement Policies, SAD Chalks Out Next Course of Action | Top Points
“It’s a terrible tragedy we all accept it. Inquiry will find out who is at fault and who is not. I cannot prejudge an inquiry. Let them come up with the report. I have given four weeks for the inquiry to be completed,” he said. He said while the Railways were also probing the issue, the state government will hold its own inquiry.
On the allegations being levelled against Congress leader Navjot Kaur Badal, who was the chief guest at the Dussehra event, the Punjab CM said, “This is not a time for making allegations. The tragedy needs to be dealt with in a proper manner. All parties should come together at this time of grief,”