New Delhi: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Monday issued notices to Punjab government and Chairman, Railway Board, over the Amritsar tragedy in which over 60 people were crushed to death by a train while watching the burning of the Dusshera effigy.
The Commission has sought a detailed report within four weeks. The Commission observed that it cannot be said to be a “sane act by people” to sit on the railway tracks, at the same time, the negligence on the part of the district authorities is “apparent.” “It seems that the local authorities and the organizers did not properly manage the crowd, gathered to watch Dussehra celebrations.
It was the responsibility of the state to provide safety and protection to the citizens during the event,” the NHRC said in a statement. The NHRC also sought to know from the state government the details regarding disbursement of relief and rehabilitation to the aggrieved families as well as information on the status of the treatment being provided to the injured in different hospitals of Amritsar. (IANS)