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Monday, 19 October 2020

2 years on, kin of train tragedy victims await jobs

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, October 18

Two years after the tragic train accident on Dasehra at Joda Phatak here, the bereaved families are still awaiting justice.

The gruesome accident and shrieks of the injured still haunt the residents of the area. The tragedy, in which two trains had mowed down around 60 people, including women and children, will complete two years on October 19.

Files sent back after objection

  • The special investigation team of the Government Railway Police and state government had carried out separate probes to fix responsibility for the train tragedy.
  • After completion of formalities, the district administration had forwarded 34 files to the head office in Chandigarh. Three files were sent back after some objections were raised.

The victim families will hold a candlelight march tomorrow from Ram Talai Chowk to Joda Phatak inmemory of the deceased and to draw the attention of the government towards their plight. All the victim families belong to low-income groups.

Gurjit Singh is driving an electronic rickshaw to make ends meet after his father Abhay Singh, a daily wager, died in the accident. Gurjit is awaiting the job promised by the government. His sister Sandeep Kaur had lost two children in the accident. She says the job would keep her engaged, but the pain of losing two kids would never be compensated.

Navjit Singh, a driver whose 15-year-old son Sachin had died, said, "My daughter still talks about her dead brothe."

Vijay Kumar, whose son Ramesh had died in the tragedy, remarried his daughter-in-law and handed over the compensation to her. He wants his widow daughter Puja to get the job. This can sustain the family as he is unable to do any job due to old age.

Deepak, who earns his livelihood by ironing clothes, is keenly awaiting the promised job. He had lost his three-year-old daughter Nandini and eight-year-old son Vansh in the accident.

After completion of formalities, the district administration had forwarded 34 files to the head office in Chandigarh. Three files were sent back after some objections were raised.

The special investigation team of the Government Railway Police and state government had carried out separate probes to fix responsibility for the train tragedy. However, the final result of these inquiries is yet to come out.



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