New Delhi: Days after 59 people were crushed to death during Dussehra celebrations by DMU (diesel multiple unit) train near Jora Phatak area of Amritsar city, relatives of those killed in the horrific tragedy have alleged that when they received their kin bodies back, ornaments, mobile phones and wallets belonging to them were missing.
“I lost my son to the negligence of the administration and organisers of the function. We found his body at the civil hospital but his mobile phone worth Rs 20,000, wallet and gold chain were missing,” Jyoti Kumari, mother of Vasu (17), who died in the accident told Hindustan Times.
A survivor Deepak, who suffered injuries in his leg and lost his three-year-old daughter Nandani asserted, “I went to celebrate Dussehra with my daughter and son. I lost my daughter and my son is battling for life. While I was shouting for help, someone picked my mobile phone from my pocket.”
Video footage of the accident on television channels showed several mobile phones flashing from across the tracks when the horrific accident occurred. During several other tragedies in the past, people have been seen taking selfies, an act, that was criticised by many as apathy and disrespectful towards the victims.
About the Amritsar Train Tragedy
Nearly 59 people died and scores were left injured in the accident between Manawala and Ferozpur stations near Amritsar, when the train ran through the crowd that had assembled across the tracks to watch the Dussehra event on October 19.
While the initial reports suggested that a train ran over people standing on the tracks to watch the Ravan effigy burn, Railway CPRO said later that the celebrations, which were being held in Amritsar’s Choura Bazar, led to panic when the effigy fell. That sent people running towards the track. Just then, DMU train number 74943 was passing by the closed gate and ran over people.
Punjab CM has announced a compesation of Rs 5 lakh to families of deceased whereas, Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh to families of those killed in the Amritsar train tragedy.