Amritsar train accident: Punjab CM Amarinder Singh annnounces Rs 5 lakh ex-gratia to kin of deceased

Amritsar train accident: Punjab CM annnounces Rs 5 lakh ex-gratia to kin of deceased

Shortly after over 50 people were killed when a train ran into crowds at Joda Phatak crossing in Amritsar, Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh announced compensation for the kin of those deceased in the tragedy.

“Rushing to Amritsar to personally supervise relief & rescue in tragic rail accident on Dussehra in Amritsar. My govt will give Rs 5 lakh to kin of each deceased & free treatment to injured in govt & pvt hospitals. District authorities have been mobilised on war footing,” Amarinder Singh tweeted.

In a horrific incident on Friday evening, Sub Divisional Magistrate of Amritsar Rajesh Sharma has confirmed that 50 bodies have been found.

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The people who were crushed down, could not hear the approaching train due to the exploding crackers. The accident took place at Joda Phatak in Amritsar. Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh said he was “shocked to hear” and stated that “Have asked all govt & pvt hospitals to stay open to help in this hour of grief. District authorities have been directed to take up relief and rescue operations on a war footing.”

Locals stated that Navjot Kaur Sidhu, the wife of Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu, was the chief guest at the event and Navjot Kaur Sidhu left the place after the incident took place.

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