Magisterial probe report on Amritsar train accident submitted

A 300-page, magisterial probe report on the Amritsar train accident in which about 60 people died last month was submitted to the Punjab Home Secretary.

Jalandhar Divisional Commissioner B Purushartha, who was appointed special executive magistrate by the government to probe the October 19 accident, said the report was submitted to Punjab Home Secretary N S Kalsi.

An official said, soon after the submission of a report, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh asked Home Secretary Kalsi to immediately examine the report to put up the file before him.

The report had statements of over 150 people which included railway officials and Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu’s wife Navjot Kaur Sidhu, who was the chief guest at the Dussehra event, held close to the railway tracks in Amritsar.

Opposition Akali Dal had rejected the institution of a magisterial probe and sought registration of a criminal case against Navjot Kaur Sidhu and the event organisers.

About sixty people were mowed down by a train that hurtled through a crowd, which had spilled onto the railways’ tracks while watching the burning of a Ravana effigy on Dussehra this year.

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