#AmritsarTrainTragedy: Punjab CM Amarinder visits injured; orders magisterial probe
Punjab CM Amarinder Singh today ordered a magisterial inquiry into the Amritsar train accident after visiting the injured and kin of those killed in the tragedy. He postponed a trip to Israel and arrived in Amritsar this morning to assess the damage. He said that four weeks have been given to submit the report to find out who was at fault. Here's more.
At least 61 people were killed yesterday evening after a crowd of Dussehra revelers that had spilled onto railway tracks while watching the burning of a Ravana effigy was run over by a train near Joda Phatak in Amritsar, Punjab. At least 300 people were watching the 'Ravana Dahan' at a vacant ground adjacent to railway tracks.
Singh said the Divisional Commissioner of Jalandhar has been entrusted with the job of holding the inquiry. He said compensation of Rs. 5 lakh each for the families of the deceased had already been announced by the state government. Besides, the government would also bear the cost of medical treatments of the injured admitted to different hospitals, he said.
Fifty-nine people were killed and 57 injured in the accident, Singh said, adding except nine, most of the bodies have been identified. He met senior officials and members of the crisis management group and took stock of the relief work. He was accompanied by Health Minister Brahm Mohindra, Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu, Education Minister OP Soni, among others.