Amritsar tragedy: Punjab CM orders magisterial probe

TIL Desk/National/Amritsar/ Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has ordered a magisterial inquiry into the Amritsar tragedy. He also ordered immediate release of Rs 3 crore to district collecter Amritsar for payment of ex gratia to the families of the deceased.

“We are ordering a magisterial inquiry into the incident under the police commissioner who will submit a report in 4 weeks,” Singh said after visiting the Civil Hospital in Amritsar where the injured have been admitted.

“59 people killed and 57 people were injured in the incident. We will try that post-mortem of the bodies are done as soon as possible. We have identified most of the bodies except nine,” he said. “When a tragedy occurs the entire administration gets involved. We have come here as soon as we could come. Today, the entire cabinet of Punjab is here,” Singh said.

Meanwhile, scores of people on Saturday staged a sit-in on the railway tracks at the accident site. The protesters raised slogans against the state government and demanded action against the train driver. One of the protesters alleged the train passed the area at a high speed and that the driver did not slow down the train despite the presence of a large crowd.

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