Punjab To Mourn Amritsar Train Tragedy


Chandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said the state will remain in mourning on Saturday. He said all the offices and educational institutions will remain closed.Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has ordered an inquiry into the train accident in Amritsar which has claimed at least 50 lives and has left 30-35 people injured.

Railways has said that the effigy was being burnt just 70-80 metres away from the railway tracks. According to CPRO, Northern Railways, people present at the spot started running towards the railway track as the effigy caught fire. The level crossing was shut at the time when the train was passing, he said.

Minister of Railways Piyush Goyal has cancelled all engagements in the US and returning to India. Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh announced compensation of Rs five lakh each to the kin of the deceased in the Amritsar train accident on Friday and said he was rushing to the spot to personally supervise rescue and relief operations.