After Navjot Kaur Sidhu attempted to wash her hands off of any responsibility after the tragic Amritsar train catastrophe that took place on Friday at the Dussehra event at which she was chief guest, her husband and Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu, who is the MLA for Amritsar East, reacted in an arrogant and aggressive manner to questions posed at him.
When asked a question about how someone (inaudible) had said the incident was a massacre and that Sidhu should resign, Sidhu contemplates for a second, then looks down at the reporter, puts a hand on his shoulder, looks at him in the eye, and repeats:
"Anything else? Anything else? Anything else? No comments".
As he's leaving, another reporter can be heard saying: Sir such a big incident has happened.
Shortly after, when Sidhu re-emerged, he was confronted once more by a number of reporters, whose questions he heard, then paused once again, and repeated in an aggressive manner: "No comment." Republic TV's reporter questioned him repeatedly about the discrepancy in his wife's statements about her presence at the event, namely that video evidence shows that she was at the event when the accident happened, and had not departed 15 minutes earlier as she said from the hospital on the day it took place. To this, Sidhu said:
"I represent the people, I don't represent you", and when pressed for a response, said "people will know the truth" before getting into his vehicle and departing.
Meanwhile, just hours earlier, a massive protest broke out along the railway tracks at the Joda Phatak where the massacre took place. People in large numbers moved to the train tracks, many of them not having learnt of the fate of their loved ones. The police was deployed in an effort to keep them off the tracks so that train could resume plying on them, which they later did, but not before Section 144 against unlawful assembly was imposed.
Earlier on Saturday, Republic TV had accessed CCTV footage from the event venue from 6.40 pm and 7 pm, which contradicted the claims of Navjot Kaur Sidhu about her whereabouts when the accident took place.
At 6.40 pm Navjot Kaur Sidhu can be seen entering the event venue with an entourage. Fourteen minutes later, that is at 6.54 pm, the Ravan effigy was set on fire. A minute later, the accident took place, in which the train mows down around 60 people. In the next footage of around the same time as that of the accident, a commotion can be seen at the spot and two minutes later, Navjot Kaur Sidhu can be seen leaving the venue.
Sidhu's first statement regarding the accident was on Saturday, despite most other significant people who ought to have spoken having done so the previous night itself. In his statement, he shockingly invoked "God's will" in his explanation:
"No one has done this on purpose. It was negligence and when I say negligence, many would have still not understood their responsibility. But no one intended to do it. It was no one's motive. And the other thing is that many a time, man feels helpless in front of God's will."
Additionally, the organiser of the event, a key aide of Sidhu, is still untraceable. The Punjab government has instituted a magisterial inquiry into the massacre.