Over 60 people were killed in a major train accident that took place near Amritsar’s Jora Phatak on Friday, 19 October. DMU train number 74943 ran into people gathered near railway tracks watching the Dussehra celebrations around 7 pm. Chief Minister Amarinder Singh ordered an inquiry into the accident and announced Rs 5 lakh ex-gratia to the kin of the deceased.
He will reach the site tomorrow, he said. MoS Railways Manoj Sinha said no permission was sought for the effigy burning near the tracks, and added that he will reach the site around midnight. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Kovind, Railways Minister Piyush Goyal, and Congress President Rahul Gandhi offered their condolences.
- Over 60 people were killed in a train accident near Amritsar’s Jora Phatak
- CM Amarinder Singh announces Rs 5 lakh ex-gratia to the kin of the deceased and free treatment to injured
- PM Modi, President Kovind & Congress President Rahul Gandhi offer condolences
- Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu’s wife, said that contrary to eyewitness claims, she left before the accident
CM Amarinder Singh Announces Day of State Mourning Tomorrow, Set Up of Crisis Centers
“The state will remain in mourning tomorrow in view of the Amritsar train accident. All offices & educational institutions will remain closed,” CM Amarinder Singh announced. He added that he had ordered an inquiry into the accident and set up crisis centers under the Punjab Health & Welfare Minister Brahm Mohindra’s oversight.