All you need to know about the Amritsar train tragedy: A saga of neglect and vulturism

At least 60 people have been killed and many others have been injured when the Jalandhar-Amritsar DMU ran over people gathered to watch Ravan Dahan near the Jora Phatak area in Amritsar last evening. According to reports, a crowd of more than 500 hundred people had gathered near the tracks when the tragedy occurred at about 7 pm yesterday.

Here are some details about the tragedy that has stunned the state of Punjab on the holy occasion of Dussehra:

  • Hundreds of people had gathered to watch the Ravan Dahan being organised on a ground near the railway tracks in the Jora Phatak area. As the tracks were on higher ground than the area near the effigy, many had claimed up to have a better view.
  • Punjab Congress Minister and former cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu’s wife, Dr Navjot Kaur was the chief guest of the ceremony. She was present during the tragedy and several reports state that she departed from the scene after the incident.
  • According to reports, about 300 people were gathered close to the railway tracks during the ceremony. As the effigy started burning and the firecrackers went off, more people suddenly started rushing towards the tracks which were already crowded.
  •  As scores of people from the grounds area rushed towards the tracks to escape from the heat or to have a better view, people had no time to hear or see the coming 74643 Jalandhar-Amritsar DMU that, according to reports was rushing at a speed of 100 KM per hour.
  • As per reports, the grounds, called locally as Dhobi ghat grounds, is barely a few kilometres away from the Amritsar station and there are manned crossings close by. Reports also say that within seconds of the 74643 DMU running over people, a second train, the Amritsar-Howrah mail rushed over the adjacent tracks and the people who had jumped the first set of tracks in a hurry were mowed down too.
  • Reports emerged later that the organisers of the event had not informed the railways about the event being organised in the area so close to the tracks.
  • The Punjab police have clarified that they had given permission for the event and several police officials were also deployed for providing security to the chief guest, Navjot Kaur, but the event organisers had not sought other necessary permissions like that from the municipal corporation or the fire department. Amritsar Police commissioner SS Srivastava has stated that the event was organised by a local named Mithu Madan’s family. Mithu’s mother is the local Congress councillor of the area.
  • The grounds where the event was held belongs to the municipal corporation, but the corporation has stated that no permission was sought from them to hold the event. The organisers had not even barricaded the area near the tracks to prevent people from going there.
  • The negligence in obtaining the necessary permissions, failure of the police to provide adequate security to the people and keeping them away from the tracks, the organisers not taking adequate measures to either barricade or light the tracks are some of the reasons being cited that resulted in the tragedy.
  • The railway authorities have issued helpline numbers for passengers. All train services have been suspended on the route. However, Railway board chairman Ashwani Lohani has stated that it is wrong to hold the railways responsible for the incident.

Minutes after the incident, there were misleading details and incorrect information being actively circulated on social media. Many prominent people from the media were found propagating wrong ideas and attempting to shift the blame.

- Advertisement - - Article resumes -

 

There are also several reports claiming that the police personnel deployed at the site were all busy providing security to the chief guest and they neglected to take adequate measures to safeguard the people. Though the event was not organised for the first time and have been held for quite some years, the local administration is being accused of not taking adequate measures to avoid such an incident.

Navjot Kaur Sidhu, when asked about the incident, stated to the media the she has left the venue when the tragedy happened. She also tried to blame the railways stating that the train was not slowed down. When it was pointed out that the organisers of the event were being blamed , she stated that people should not do politics over it and stated that neither they (herself and the organisers) have put the people on the tracks nor they have run the train over them.

Punjab Congress minister Navjot Singh Sidhu has stated that even if there was negligence at the event, it was not intentional. Their statements are being criticised as insentitive on the social media.

Meanwhile, Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh has announced a day of state-wide mourning and Rs 5 lakhs as compensation to the kin of each deceased person. PM Modi has also expressed his condolences over the incident and has announced Rs 2 lakh as compensation for the family of each of the deceased persons and Rs 50,000 each for the injured.


Share This Post and Support:
We need your support to survive in the media industry. Please consider paying us for the content we produce:

To know more about these payments, please click here.


Most read articles recently

Pakistan quotes The Quint, Karan Thapar and Praveen Swami to brand Kulbhushan Jadhav as a ‘RAW spy’ at ICJ

Pakistan quoted several articles published in Indian to present its case during Kulbhushan Jadhav hearing at the International Court of Justice
How Ravish Kumar and Vinod Dua misled people about ‘martyr status’ to CRPF jawans after Pulwama attack

How Ravish Kumar and Vinod Dua misled people about ‘martyr status’ to CRPF jawans

Ravish Kumar of NDTV is a man known for many lows. But this may well be his lowest point.
Image Source: The Week

Mandya: Actor-turned-politician Prakash Raj attends funeral of Pulwama martyr, villagers expose his hypocrisy towards Armed Forces

Prakash Raj, a left wing ideologue, who is often known for joining hands with the left-liberals to express their hate towards Hindus and the BJP, has plans to contest in the upcoming elections from Bengaluru Central Lok Sabha constituency.

The Hindu not only cropped the Rafale dissent note, but also had digitally manipulated it

Comparison of Hindu document with ANI document shows that Hindu had doctored the Rafale dissent note

Kavita Krishnan uses 4 year old photograph to claim PM Narendra Modi was laughing after Pulwama attack

Using a old photo, Kavita Krishna claimed the Modi was having fun at election rallies after Pulwama attack

Imran Khan’s deranged statement on Pulwama terror attack tailor-made to appeal to Indian ‘liberal’ sensibilities

In his statement on the Pulwama terror attack, Imran Khan claimed that his country had nothing to gain from attacking India. Apart from that, he threatened India with retaliation should the Indian Army decide to attack Pakistan.

Pakistan minister says ‘bells won’t toll in temples’, he forgets, India is the land of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj

Sheikh Rashid Ahmad, Federal Minister for Pakistani Railways, commented that should anyone look at Pakistan in a negative manner, then "the eyes will be ripped out, the grass will not grow, the birds will not chirp and the bells won't toll in Temples."
Image Source: Swarajya

Ten things India must do to stop being a soft state

India is overly defensive. Despite its massive economic and military power, it does not respond to grave provocations (26/11, for example). It does not retaliate when attacked. It tolerates countless attacks on its citizens and affronts to its prestige.
Article 370

Article 370 must go: BJP can’t pussyfoot any longer

So what is this Article 370 which allows J&K to function much against the national (or for that matter, it’s own) interests?
Amar Singh donates property worth Rs 15 crore to RSS-affiliated Seva Bharti.

Amar Singh donates ancestral properties worth 15 crores to RSS-affiliated organisation Seva Bharti

Amar Singh donated Rs 15 crore property to Seva Bharti, an RSS affiliated social service organisation.

Latest articles

Connect with us

137,866FansLike
110,751FollowersFollow
23,260SubscribersSubscribe

Don't miss these