Amritsar: Hundreds of people comprising the next of kin of the victims of the train tragedy on Dussehra last year, held a demonstration on Tuesday here over alleged failure of the local administration to book those who were responsible for the disaster that claimed 61 lives. They also raised slogans against Navjot Singh Sidhu, their legislator, and former Minister, for not keeping the promises made by him after the accident. Sidhu and his wife had promised to provide government jobs to the kin of each victim, to adopt children who had lost their earning parents and help widows meet living expenses.
“We were told by Sidhu and his wife at the time of the accident that they will provide jobs to our families,” a protestor, Sunil Kumar told the media. Carrying the photo of his brother who died in the accident, he said no promise made by the Sidhu couple has been fulfilled to date. “For the past many days, we have been visiting his residence and we were told every time that Sidhu is out of town,” he added. “We are asking the state government to hand over the probe to the CBI so that who was responsible for the accident should be brought to book,” another protestor Sangeeta Rani added. At least 61 people were killed after a speeding train sliced through revelers watching a Ravana effigy go up in flames, near Joda Phatak in Amritsar on October 19, 2018. (IANS)