Am­rit­sar train ac­ci­dent: Probe gives clean chit to Sidhu’s wife

Millennium Post - - Mp Nation -

CHANDI­GARH: A mag­is­te­rial probe into the Am­rit­sar train tragedy in which around 60 peo­ple died, has ap­par­ently given a “clean chit” to Navjot Kaur Sidhu, wife of Pun­jab min­is­ter Navjot Singh Sidhu, who was the chief guest at the Dussehra event.

Ja­land­har Di­vi­sional Com­mis­sioner B Pu­rushartha-ap­pointed the spe­cial ex­ec­u­tive mag­is­trate by the gov­ern­ment to probe the ac­ci­dent-- in­dicted the son of a Congress coun­cil­lor, who or­gan­ised the event as well as of­fi­cials of Am­rit­sar dis­trict ad­min­is­tra­tion, mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tion, rail­ways and lo­cal po­lice, of­fi­cial sources said.

The crowd was watch­ing the burn­ing of a Ra­vana ef­figy near Joda Phatak on Oc­to­ber 19 when they were mowed down by a pass­ing train.

A 300-page re­port of mag­is­te­rial probe into the ac­ci­dent was sub­mit­ted to the Pun­jab Home Sec­re­tary last month.

The re­port stressed that Sau­rabh Mithu Madan, son of the Congress coun­cil­lor and a close aide of the Sid­hus, should have en­sured safety of peo­ple at the venue, of­fi­cial sources said.

The re­port also blamed Am­rit­sar ad­min­is­tra­tion and mu­nic­i­pal­ity of­fi­cials over safety mea­sures and per­mis­sion given for hold­ing the event.

The role of rail­ways also came un­der the scan­ner for giv­ing the green sig­nal to a fast train de­spite the pres­ence of a huge crowd on the tracks.

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