In a terrible disaster, more than 60 people have died in a train accident in Amritsar on 19 October 2018. The accident took place at Joda Phatak area in the city, where Ravan effigy was burnt near the tracks. Videos of the incident have emerged on social media with locals claiming that the driver of the train did not lower the speed or halt the train upon seeing people standing on the railway tracks. The train was coming from Jalandhar when the accident occurred at Joda Phatak near Amritsar, where at least 300 people were watching ‘Ravana dahan’ at a ground adjacent to the tracks.
The wife of Congress Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu, Navjot Kaur Sidhu was the chief guest of the event. Attending to injured at a nearby hospital, Mrs Sidhu said that she left the venue before the effigy of Ravan was set ablaze which is when the train crossed the area.
There are so many questions that need answers but before that watch the video of Amritsar Train accident!
Amritsar train accident video pic.twitter.com/hb9Q3f9qL6
— Satinder pal singh (@SATINDER_13) October 19, 2018
Here are 9 unanswered questions that should be answered!
1. Minister of State in the Ministry of Railways Manoj Sinha says no permission for the event was sought from the Railways and no informations was shared. Was a laggard attitude by the state government responsible for the dreadful train accident?
2. How could a large scale Dussehra event with the presence of Navjot Kaur Sidhu, the wife of Congress Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu have taken place without permission unless there was tacit complicity by someone in authority?
3. Congress Minister Sidhu’s wife Navjot Kaur Sidhu says “I had just left the site when the incident happened.” Shiromani Akali Dal’s BS Majithia claims “She runs away from the spot.” If she was present during the accident, why deny it? And why attempt to run away?
4. The Northern Railways CPRO states “Operations Incharge at the accident site in Amritsar has told me that only one train was passing from the area.” If the train was moving as per schedule and there was a legitimate expectation that the train would pass by, why was no preemptive and preventive action taken?
5. BS Majithia of the Shiromani Akali Dal claims to have a video that show how a man who was “Mr. and Mrs. Sidhu’s right hand man” was present on stage. Did the Congress government allow an event of such a large proportion take place without any planning, communication and security because a Congress Minister’s right hand man was involved?
6. Congress Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu is a Cabinet Minister and MLA from the Amritsar East constituency. His wife was the guest at the Dussehra event where lapse of safety measures lead to a tragedy on Friday. Is this a convenient coincidence or is this a connection that merits a larger investigation?
7. Videos show how fireworks drowned the sound of the arriving train. The Explosives Act, 1884 and Explosives Rules of 2008 govern the display and storage of firecrackers. Any attempt to follow these norms would have revealed the dangers of organising such an event near railway tracks. How did not the Punjab police, not the fire authorities and not the municipal bodies raise a red flag? Or were they all persuaded to look away?
8. When in the immediate aftermath of the grievous train accident the absence of floodlights led locals to the use cameras and mobile phones to search for bodies, isn’t it clear that basic arrangements to secure the premises hadn’t been made? In absence of lights, was there any way for the driver of the train to have seen and anticipated that a crowd of hundreds was on the track?
9. SOME BASIC QUESTIONS
Shouldn’t there have been planning to avoid the crisis? Was the local administration unaware that over 300 people were going to gather for Dussehra? Did they not spot the 20-30 feet high effigy of Ravan? Were they not aware that railway tracks existed? Or was it simply a case of state apathy?
Source- Internet, RepublicWorld.Com