New Delhi: A security personnel was injured after residents, protesting against Amritsar train accident allegedly resorted to stone pelting on being asked to clear railway track, blocked by them since three days over demands of Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu’s resignation and compensation/job for family of victims. “The security personnel suffered injuries in his eyes after protesters pelted stones on police when being asked to clear railway tracks where they were protesting against Amritsar train accident,”Head Constable Amritpal Singh said.
The situation is tense at and around the site and a huge police deployment has been made to maintain law and order.
Officials said that personnel from the Punjab Police and Rapid Action Force have been deployed alongside the state police commandos to avoid untoward incident. (Also Read: Survivors, Dead Robbed of Ornaments, Wallets And Mobile Phones After Amritsar Train Mishap)
Notably, the locals had started protesting Saturday, raising slogans against the state government. “The government has not bothered for us who have lost family members. The government should give us a job as our bread-winner has been killed in the incident,” a mother of one of the victims had alleged.
Lashing out at Punjab cabinet minister Navjot Singh Sidhu and his wife Navjot Kaur, who was the chief guest at the Dussehra function, family members of the train tragedy victims said that they had not even bothered to meet them despite their loss. “These people (political leaders) only come for functions or to beg for votes. No one has come to be with us in our hour of need and grief,” Pradeep Sharma, an area resident alleged.
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 has said that out of 59 people who were mowed down by the speeding Jalandhar-Amritsar train, 40 have been identified.
Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has directed Amritsar District Commissioner and Commissioner of Police to make a detailed socio-economic profile of each victim of the train mishap.