New Delhi: The speeding train that mowed down over 60 people who had partaken in the Dussehra festivities also claimed the life of the man who essayed the role of Ravana at the Ramlila event in Amritsar. Dalbir Singh who essayed the role of Ravan in a Ramlila in the city during Dussehra celebrations, died in Amritsar train accident, on Friday.
Dalbir Singh’s distraught mother, Swaran Kaur demanded justice for her son and said the government must give his widow a job. Kaur said, “I urge the government to provide a job to my daughter-in-law. She also has an 8-month old baby. At the time of elections, parties come to us to seek help. We have also always helped them and accompanied them door to door. Now, I want justice for my son.”
Recalling the tragic incident, Dalbir’s brother Balbir said the former died while trying to help others. “We had gone to celebrate Dussehra and Dalbir had gone to take his trophy (for playing Ravana). After he took his trophy, he saw the train coming and went to help people. He dragged around seven to eight people from coming under the train and accidentally his foot got stuck there. The train ran over him,” he said.
“He was the sole breadwinner of this family. The government should think about his eight-month-old daughter and wife.”
Condemning the incident, Punjab Minister and Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu said that the accident should not be politicised. “It was a sad and an unfortunate incident. It is necessary to understand that it was an accident. There has been negligence but it was never intentional or motivated,” the Punjab Minister said, after visiting Civil Hospital in Amritsar where injured have been admitted after the tragic mishap. He was accompanied by Punjab Governor VP Singh Badnore and hordes of security personnel and officials.