Probe team vis­its site, recre­ates ac­ci­dent scene

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - HTPUNJAB - HT Cor­re­spon­dent

JA­LAND­HAR DI­VI­SIONAL COM­MIS­SIONER QUES­TIONED AROUND 15 RAIL­WAY OF­FI­CIALS, IN­CLUD­ING RPF, GRP AND FEW LOCO PI­LOTS OF TRAINS

AM­RIT­SAR: Ja­land­har di­vi­sional com­mis­sioner B Pu­rushartha, who is con­duct­ing in­quiry into the Am­rit­sar train tragedy that claimed 61 lives and left sev­eral peo­ple hurt dur­ing Dussehra cel­e­bra­tions at Joda Phatak here, in­spected the ac­ci­dent site on Fri­day.

Pu­rushartha, of­fi­cials of In­dian Rail­ways, Govern­ment Rail­way Po­lice (GRP) and Rail­way Pro­tec­tion Force (RPF) trav­elled in a diesel mul­ti­ple unit (DMU) from Ja­land­har to Am­rit­sar. The DMU passed from the ac­ci­dent site around 6.40pm.

Pu­rushartha also ques­tioned around 15 Rail­ways of­fi­cials, in­clud­ing RPF, GRP and few loco pi­lots of the trains which passed the ac­ci­dent site be­fore the tragedy.

Ear­lier, lo­cal bod­ies min­is­ter Navjot Singh Sidhu had blamed the Rail­ways for the tragedy.

Pun­jab chief min­is­ter (CM) Cap­tain Amarinder Singh had di­rected to com­plete the in­quiry in four weeks. Son­ali Giri had said that the House meet­ing will be called on Oc­to­ber 27 to pass the res­o­lu­tion but due to fes­ti­vals the meet­ing was post­poned and has not been resched­uled till now.

Mean­while, the state govern­ment has dis­trib­uted cheques of ₹ 5 lakh each to the vic­tim fam­i­lies and lo­cal bod­ies min­is­ter Navjot Singh Sidhu had also an­nounced on Oc­to­ber 26 that the Pun­jab govern­ment will pro­vide jobs to the next of kin af­ter the com­ple­tion of so­cio-eco­nomic sur­vey. The MC had also de­cided to con­trib­ute in giv­ing re­lief to the vic­tims by giv­ing jobs.

Arti, mother of Ro­hit, who died in train ac­ci­dent said, “We were promised jobs but have not re­ceived any pro­posal till now. Hope­fully, we get the job within a month so that our fi­nan­cial cri­sis end.”

Speak­ing on the de­lay, Mayor said, “We were wait­ing for the fes­ti­val sea­son to end. Till now, no new date has been sched­uled for the meet. Com­mis­sioner Son­ali Giri is on leave. We will sched­ule the House meet­ing as soon as pos­si­ble.”

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