New Delhi :
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh Saturday ordered a magisterial inquiry into the Amritsar train accident and said his government will extend all possible help to the accident victims and their families. Relief operations were in full swing, he added.
“We are ordering a magisterial inquiry into the incident under the police commissioner who will submit a report in four weeks,” Singh said while speaking to reporters after meeting the injured at a hospital in Amritsar.
The Punjab CM ordered the immediate release of Rs 3 crore to District Collector Amritsar for the payment of ex-gratia to the families of the deceased. He also promised to punish the culprits of the tragedy that left 61 people dead and 72 others seriously injured.
As many as 59 people died on the spot and 57 sustained serious injuries as a speeding train mowed them down while they were watching the effigy of Ravana burn at a festival event near the Amritsar railway station.