Union MoS Railways Manoj Sinha, has stated that asper his information, no permission had been sought or intimation given for the Dussehra event at Amritsar where dozens of people have been run over by a speeding train on Friday evening. Speaking to Republic TV, Sinha who is rushing to the accident site, said:
"I have been informed that the event was organized near the Railway tracks and the people did not hear the train coming. It is extremely sad. I will be leaving for Amritsar. "
When asked whether the Railways were aware of the celebrations taking place near the railway tracks, he said, "Railway did not have information about the celebration.
I spoke to the railway officials, they did not know. It is the responsibility of the local administration should be careful about such events."
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Navjot Kaur Sidhu, the wife of Punjab Minister and Amritsar East MLA Navjot Singh Sidhu,has spoken to reporters at the Amritsar hospital where those injured in the horrific train mishap have been rushed. She said that she had left the spot 15 minutes before the horrific accident took place.
According the Sidhu, the railway officials were aware of the Dusshera celebrations. She said, "When we called the railways, they said that the Phatak was open and every year a warning is given .The Raavan effigy was being burned at six places and all of them are close to railways. They should have slowed down the train, where the celebrations were taking place. Instead the trains were running in full speed."
Meanwhile, Punjab CM Capt Amarinder Singh issued a statement in which he said that the state government has accepted the Centre's offer of help and eight SDRF and six NDRF Disaster response force Teams are on their way to the accident site.He tweeted,