New Delhi: Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu on Monday targeted the Centre and Indian Railways over the recent Amritsar train accident in which 59 people were crushed to death by a DMU (diesel multiple unit) train. Also Read - Delhi HC Allows 50 People to Offer Prayers at Nizamuddin Markaz Mosque During Ramzan
Raising questions over the functioning of Indian Railways, the cricketer-turned-politician asked,”Why the driver of the train was given clean chit within six hours and why his name was not revealed. Is it possible when a train is approaching guards can’t see it?” Also Read - Centre Calls COVID Situation In 11 States/UTs 'Matter of Serious Concern', Urges Authorities To Take Appropriate Action
The Punjab minister also pointed fingers on the Centre saying,”Railway engine, police, guards, tracks belong to Centre and FIR also has been lodged by the Centre. Also Read - This Day, That year: Sachin Tendulkar Opens For The First Time in International Cricket
Notably, Sidhu’s statement comes after Union minister of state for Railways Manoj Sinha stated that there was no negligence on part of the Railways.
Opposition parties have sought action against those who allowed the event near the railway tracks. The Shiromani Akali Dal core committee on Sunday demanded immediate sacking of Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu and registration of a murder case against his wife and Dussehra event organisers, saying they were “responsible for abetting” the Amritsar tragedy.
The party also served an ultimatum to the government to register a fresh case on statements of the victims’ families and institute a judicial probe besides giving the demanded compensation, failing which it would initiate an agitation to ensure justice to the victims.
Earlier on October 19 during Dussehra celebrations, nearly 59 people watching Ravana effigy burning on to the tracks at Joda Phatak were crushed to death after the Jalandhar-Amritsar train heading to Hoshiarpur came hurtling down around 7 PM. The district administration had yesterday said that out of 59 people who were mowed down by the speeding Jalandhar-Amritsar train, 40 have been identified.