Sidhu, wife sum­moned by com­mis­sion prob­ing Am­rit­sar train tragedy

Asian Journal - - ASIA -

Chandigarh: Pun­jab Cabi­net Min­is­ter Navjot Singh Sidhu and his wife Navjot Kaur have been sum­moned by a one-man com­mis­sion con­duct­ing an in­quiry into the Am­rit­sar train tragedy in which 60 peo­ple were killed on Oc­to­ber 19.

Se­nior IAS of­fi­cer B. Pu­rushartha, who is con­duct­ing the in­quiry in Am­rit­sar, has asked the Sidhu cou­ple to ap­pear be­fore the com­mis­sion on Novem­ber 2 (Fri­day). Navjot Kaur, a for­mer leg­is­la­tor and ex chief par­lia­men­tary sec­re­tary, was the chief guest at the Dussehra fes­ti­val near Joda Phatak when the DMU (diesel mul­ti­ple unit) train crushed those stand­ing on the rail­way tracks. Sixty peo­ple lost their lives and an equal num­ber were in­jured in the train tragedy. Op­po­si­tion lead­ers and lo­cals al­leged that Navjot Kaur fled the scene af­ter the train mowed down the peo­ple. There are al­le­ga­tions that the event was or­gan­ised with­out manda­tory per­mis­sions, which had to be given by the mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tion which falls un­der the lo­cal gov­ern­ment depart­ment headed by Sidhu. The main or­ga­nizer of the event, Sau­rabh Madan Mithoo, is a close po­lit­i­cal aide of the Sidhu cou­ple.

Mithoo, his fam­ily mem­bers and other or­ga­niz­ers were ques­tioned by the in­quiry com­mis­sion in Am­rit­sar, over 250 km from here, on Tues­day for over four hours.

The com­mis­sion has been asked to sub­mit its re­port within four weeks.

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