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Capt orders probe, won’t ‘prejudge’ on rail tragedy
Inconsolable family members of Bobby Pandey (16) of New Dashmesh Nagar, who was mowed down by a train at Joda Phatak in Amritsar, before the cremation on Saturday. Tribune Photo: Malkiat Singh

Capt orders probe, won’t ‘prejudge’ on rail tragedy

Divisional Commissioner to look into every aspect in 4 weeks21 Oct 2018 | 2:31 AM

AMRITSAR: More than 16 hours after a train rammed into a Dasehra crowd, killing 59 persons and injuring 62, Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh arrived here on Saturday morning to “review the ground situation”. After visiting the accident site and the injured in various hospitals, he announced a magisterial inquiry with a report in four weeks.

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Amritsar, October 20 

More than 16 hours after a train rammed into a Dasehra crowd, killing 59 persons and injuring 62, Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh arrived here on Saturday morning to “review the ground situation”. After visiting the accident site and the injured in various hospitals, he announced a magisterial inquiry with a report in four weeks.

On the Railways refusing to take responsibility, the CM replied: “An inquiry will be conducted by a team under the Jalandhar Division Commissioner. It will take four weeks to reach a conclusion on every aspect, but I cannot prejudge.” 

He said he had put off his visit to Saturday on the advice of the district authorities, which pointed out that any VIP movement would divert attention from rescue and relief efforts. “I was at the Delhi airport to board a Tel Aviv flight when I got information of the terrible disaster. I rushed back.” 

On Cabinet Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu’s alleged “parmatma ka parkop (God’s wrath)” remark, the CM said he (Sidhu) too was distressed  and his remark may have been misconstrued. “This is not the time for political blame game,” he stressed, calling upon all to join hands in relief operations.

“The national flag will fly at half mast and educational institutions in the district will remain shut till Monday,” the CM announced.

A three-member crisis management group, headed by Health Minister Brahm Mohindra, will stay put in the city to monitor and assist in the relief operations. 


Rs 2 lakh ex gratia for kin of dead from Bihar: Nitish

Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday announced Rs 2 lakh ex gratia for the next of kin of those hailing from the state who died in the train accident in Amritsar. Four persons from Bihar — one each from Patna and Bhagalpur districts and two from Bhagalpur — were confirmed to be among those killed. Kumar, who served as Railway Minister during Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s tenure, had earlier expressed grief at the loss of life. PTI


Railways to launch massive anti-trespass campaign

New Delhi: The Railways will launch a massive drive against trespass on tracks across its network, Railway Board Chairman Ashwani Lohani said on Saturday, a day after the Amritsar train accident described by the railways as a “clear case of trespassing”. “We will launch a nationwide campaign against trespassing and the dangers thereof. This is all that we can do to avoid such tragedies,” he said. PTI


Imran, Sirisena express grief 

Islamabad/Colombo: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan and Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Saturday expressed grief over the Amritsar tragedy. Khan tweeted, “Saddened to learn of the tragic train accident... Condolences go to the families of the deceased.” PTI


SGPC to hold ‘akhand path’  

Amritsar: The SGPC will start an ‘akhand path’ for the train mishap victims on Sunday at Gurdwara Diwan Hall in the Golden Temple complex, followed by the ‘bhog’ on October 23. An SGPC delegation, including chief secretary Dr Roop Singh, visited the accident site and met the victims’ kin. TNS


Youth leaves behind disabled brother 

Amritsar: Petrol pump employee Udho Ram Pandey, who had migrated from UP to the city a few years ago, lost his younger son, Bobby Pandey. “I now see a bleak future for my polio-afflicted son, Rohit Pandey, and me. There is no one left to take care of us,” he said. TNS

Navjot: Ready to face magisterial inquiry

Navjot: Ready to face magisterial inquiry

21 Oct 2018 | 2:25 AM

AMRITSAR: Dr Navjot Kaur Sidhu, who along with Cabinet-minister husband Navjot Singh Sidhu is in the eye of the storm, today accused SAD-BJP leaders of distorting facts for political mileage and said she was ready to face the magisterial inquiry ordered by the Chief Minister into the train tragedy.

Rlys absolves itself of any responsibility

Rlys absolves itself of any responsibility

21 Oct 2018 | 2:25 AM

AMRITSAR: The Divisional Railway Manager (DRM), Ferozepur, Vivek Kumar, on Saturday refused to hold an inquiry against the driver of the DMU which mowed down a Dasehra crowd in Amritsar, killing 59 and injuring 62, contending that standing on the tracks amounted to trespass.

7 of family wiped out in an instant

7 of family wiped out in an instant

21 Oct 2018 | 2:25 AM

AMRITSAR: Seven members of an extended migrant family were killed in an instant when the DMU mowed down Dasehra revellers on the city outskirts yesterday.

Pyres everywhere, tearful adieu

Pyres everywhere, tearful adieu

21 Oct 2018 | 2:25 AM

AMRITSAR: Heart-rending scenes were witnessed at Shiv Puri cremation ground, where most of the Amritsar mishap victims were consigned to the flames after a post-mortem examination. Inconsolable, some family members fainted.

Of 29 Dasehra events in Amritsar, only 7 had nod

Of 29 Dasehra events in Amritsar, only 7 had nod

21 Oct 2018 | 2:25 AM

AMRITSAR: The local SDM and the Municipal Corporation have confirmed that Mithu Madan, Congress leader and son of area councillor Vijay Madan, had not applied for permission to organise the Dasehra event at Dhobi Ghat.

Mishap will dampen Diwali celebrations

Mishap will dampen Diwali celebrations

21 Oct 2018 | 2:24 AM

AMRITSAR: The upcoming Diwali celebrations are likely to be subdued in the wake of Friday’s train accident. Daljit Singh Bedi, Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) secretary and spokesperson, said the fireworks scheduled on the occasion of Gurpurb of Guru Ram Dass on October 26 had been cancelled.

This is no time for politics

21 Oct 2018 | 2:47 AM

No doubt the horrific accident that occurred on the railway tracks in Amritsar on the ill-fated Friday evening during Ravana dahan as part of the Dasehra celebrations was avoidable, but the Railways can’t be blamed for any lapses on its part.

Authorities should have cut off access to rail track

21 Oct 2018 | 2:25 AM

THE ghastly train accident in Amritsar was the result of complete failure of due prudence — firstly, on the part of the state civil administration; secondly, the district police; and thirdly, which is no less important, the people themselves, as they should know that it is a crime to trespass on the railway track.

37 trains cancelled, 18 short-terminated

37 trains cancelled, 18 short-terminated

21 Oct 2018 | 2:26 AM

NEW DELHI/AMBALA: The Railways cancelled 37 trains and diverted 16 on Saturday, a day after the Amritsar rail tragedy. The Railways said 10 mail/express trains and 27 passenger trains were cancelled, including Amritsar-New Delhi Express, Amritsar-Hardwar Janshatabdi, New Delhi-Jalandhar City Express, Hardwar-Amritsar Janshatabdi, Chandigarh-Amritsar Express, Amritsar-Chandigarh Express, Nangaldam - Amritsar Express and Amritsar-Nangaldam Express.

Last outing together, youth loses 2 friends

Last outing together, youth loses 2 friends

21 Oct 2018 | 2:25 AM

AMRITSAR: Three friends — Karan (21), Amritpal Singh (19) and Rajbir (16) — from adjoining Mohkampura and New Dashmesh Nagar colonies had walked down to Joda Phatak to witness the Dasehra event, little knowing that a train would kill two of them.

FIR should name accused, says Sukhbir

FIR should name accused, says Sukhbir

21 Oct 2018 | 2:26 AM

AMRITSAR: Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal termed the rail accident a “massacre and intentional murder” and demanded that a fresh FIR be registered on the statements of the victims.

After the night of unspeakable horrors

After the night of unspeakable horrors

21 Oct 2018 | 2:26 AM

Dasehra celebrations turned into mourning for several families whose kin had gone to watch the Ravana dahan on Friday evening. Sixtyone persons lost their lives while 72 were injured in the tragic accident.

Festivities turn into a nightmare

Festivities turn into a nightmare

21 Oct 2018 | 2:24 AM

Jitendra had taken his wife Aarti and two-year-old son, Shivam, to watch the Dasehra celebrations when a speeding train cut short the revelry and ran into a huge number of onlookers who had gathered to watch the burning of Ravana’s effigy.

Tragedy on tracks

Tragedy on tracks

21 Oct 2018 | 2:24 AM

A WhatsApp photograph of a head flashed on Vijay Kumar’s phone screen at 3 am Saturday, confirming his worst fears — his 18-year-old son Manish, a student of Class XII was one of the revellers mowed down by a train while they were watching Ravana’s effigy burn the evening before.

The Ravana who played Rama

The Ravana who played Rama

21 Oct 2018 | 2:24 AM

This Dasehra was special for Dalbir Singh (32). After seven years of playing Parshuram in Ram Lila, he had landed up with a meaty part — that of Ravana. Rest of the year, when he wasn’t prepping for a mythological role, he ran a kite-making workshop with his brother from his house in Krishna Nagar.

BJP surge in Valley, slips in Jammu
MC Elections

BJP surge in Valley, slips in Jammu

21 Oct 2018 | 2:54 AM

JAMMU: Even as the BJP made inroads into several parts of the Kashmir valley owing to the poll boycott call by the two regional parties, it failed to retain its hold over Jammu areas. The party won a majority in 18 of the 79 municipalities across the state and the Congress 10.

Rumours spark protest at Sabarimala

Rumours spark protest at Sabarimala

21 Oct 2018 | 1:20 AM

SABARIMALA (KERALA): A massive protest by devotees of Lord Ayyappa broke out near the Sabarimala Sannidhanam Saturday following rumours that a woman from Tamil Nadu below 50 years of age climbed the hills to offer prayers to the presiding deity.

CITY FOCUS

Undertrial thrashes cop, flees from Mohali court

Undertrial thrashes cop, flees from Mohali court

21 Oct 2018 | 1:49 AM

MOHALI:A drug peddler escaped from clutches of the police after thrashing a head constable of the local police on the Mohali Judicial Complex premises at Sector 76 here today.

NoChief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu and PPCC chief Sunil Jakhar meet victims at a hospital in Amritsar. Tribune photo: Vishal Kumar

Dasehra organisers to be quizzed

21 Oct 2018 | 1:41 AM

CHANDIGARH: While the Railways has declined to conduct an investigation into the Amritsar tragedy, the Punjab Government has maintained that it will, in its magisterial inquiry, examine the role of railway officials besides other aspects related to the incident.

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Angry relatives attack cops with stones, canecharged

21 Oct 2018 | 1:41 AM

AMRITSAR: The kin of victims blocked the railway tracks at the mishap site for hours on Saturday morning and shouted anti-government slogans.

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House stoned, councillor, son behind event underground

21 Oct 2018 | 1:41 AM

Amritsar: Local councillor Vijay Madan and her son Sourabh Madan Mithu, the main organisers of the Dasehra celebration in Amritsar, have gone underground with other family members.

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Govt calls HR workers to fresh round of talks

Govt calls HR workers to fresh round of talks

21 Oct 2018 | 12:01 AM

CHANDIGARH: Buckling under pressure mounted by the Haryana Roadways Workers Union, the Manohar Lal Khattar government on Saturday invited its representatives to a fresh round of talks even as the near-total strike by the union completed its five days.

Govt to raise Rs 500-cr loan for Diwali gift to employees

Govt to raise Rs 500-cr loan for Diwali gift to employees

21 Oct 2018 | 12:02 AM

SHIMLA: The cash-strapped state government will raise a loan of Rs 500 crore to meet its liabilities towards serving and retired employees. The nod for raising the loan has been sought by the state government from the Centre. With this, the total loan raised by the Jai Ram-led BJP government will touch Rs 2,000 crore.

Prestigious Jammu MC goes to BJP

Prestigious Jammu MC goes to BJP

21 Oct 2018 | 12:46 AM

JAMMU: The BJP swept the prestigious Jammu Municipal Corporation (MC) with a thumping majority in the urban local bodies elections, the results of which were declared on Saturday.

No school ready to take rape survivor: Parents

20 Oct 2018 | 1:03 AM

DEHRADUN:Parents of a Class X student, who was gang-raped at a boarding school here, have filed a police complaint, alleging that schools in the city are denying her admission on the ground that she will spoil the atmosphere on the campus, the police said on Friday.

Khashoggi died in consulate, admit Saudis

Khashoggi died in consulate, admit Saudis

21 Oct 2018 | 1:33 AM

ISTANBUL/WASHINGTON:Saudi Arabia said on Saturday that dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi died in a fight inside its Istanbul consulate, its first admission of his death after two weeks of denials that have shaken Western relations with the powerful kingdom.

Jalandhar units face heat of surging furnace oil prices

Jalandhar units face heat of surging furnace oil prices

20 Oct 2018 | 12:11 AM

JALANDHAR: Skyrocketing fuel prices have not only derailed the budget of automobile owners, but also made small-scale industrial units suffer as a 50 per cent jump in furnace oil prices threatens to jeopardise Jalandhar-based hand tools, pipe fittings, nut-bolts and auto-part manufacturers.

NoThe Indian team members take part in a training session ahead of their first ODI against West Indies in Guwahati. AFP

Search for No. 4 batsman

21 Oct 2018 | 1:50 AM

GUWAHATI:Hot favourites India will look to start their preparations for next year's 50-over World Cup in style and iron out their weaknesses when they take on West Indies in the five-match ODI series starting on Sunday.

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India outpace Pakistan 3-1 in ACT

21 Oct 2018 | 1:50 AM

MUSCAT:India recovered from an early jolt to beat Pakistan 3-1 in their second Asian Champions Trophy match here today.

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India’s Asian Games performance an aberration: Charlesworth

21 Oct 2018 | 1:50 AM

NEW DELHI:Former Australia coach Ric Charlesworth believes the Indian men’s hockey team’s performance at the Asian Games, where they finished third, was an aberration.

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