Railway Board Chairman said that railways should not be blamed for the tragedy as it had no information about the celebration.
The Amritsar train accident which slashed down 60 lives and left many people injured had evolved into a dispute as Railway department slipped itself for being responsible for it.
The carelessness of government or people or the railway department had cost a lot for the common people.
Mr Ashwani Lohani, Railway Board Chairman “It would be wrong to say that Railways is responsible for this accident. There are two manned level-crossing on that track, both were close. It is the main line and there is no speed restriction there,” adding that people should be alert.
Right after the tragic incident, Punjab Chief Minister ordered for the investigation and even directed senior officials to visit the spot.
Captain Amarinder Singh even established the Crisis Management Group to provide relief and rehabilitation efforts
Punjab Governor VP Singh Badnore ensured for the justice and quoted the accident as ‘unfortunate’. He even assured for the thorough investigation and to provide medical aid for the sufferers. He said that whoever was responsible would face strict punishment for the carelessness.
The accident which turned the festival into tragedy took place in Choura Bazar near Joda Phatak area of Amritsar. A large gathering of people was watching the Ravana effigy in flames while standing along the railway tracks when a Jalandhar to Amritsar train crossed the track and slaughtered 60 lives.
It is reported that 52 people got injured in the accident and are treated in various government and private hospitals.
Mr Modi immediately provided ex-gratia of Rs. 2 lakh for the families of those deceased and compensation of Rs. 50,000 for the injured.
State mourning has also been declared for today, and all offices and educational institutions will remain closed in view of the tragedy, an official spokesperson of the Punjab government said.
The State government announced for State mourning. School, government offices and other educational institutes will remain closed today in wake of the tragedy.
The government is doing its best to provide relief and rehabilitation. Police personnel and administrative are deployed to provide proper assistance.
After the spread of accident news, a group headed by Health Minister Brahm Mohindra along with Revenue Minister Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria and Technical Education Minister Charanjit Singh Channi visited the spot to handle the situation.